Words from the Heart for Friday October 4th, 2019
The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.
Nahum 1:3 (NIV)
The Guilty Punished
The sentencing last February of Alexandre Bissonnette in Quebec City and Bruce McArthur in Toronto in two horrific multiple murder cases shone light on a provision of the Criminal Code allowing killers to receive consecutive life sentences in Canada. A Quebec Superior Court justice sentenced Bissonnette to life in prison without any possibility of parole for 40 years for killing six men in a Quebec City mosque. In the case of McArthur, who killed eight men from Toronto’s gay village, the Crown had sought a sentence of 50 years without parole eligibility.
There is a common misconception that the God of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament, is somehow different than the God of the New Testament – that the God of the Old Testament is an angry, vengeful God who is out to condemn as many people as He can, and then destroy them. Meanwhile the God of the New Testament is all about love and grace. Nothing could be further from the truth. Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, we read about God’s love and grace. Nahum 1:3, for example, says this: “The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.” How grateful I am to learn that the Lord is slow to anger. There is so much pain in this world brought on by sin. There are many times when we wonder why God hasn’t stepped in to bring an end to it all. While He can’t leave the guilty unpunished – that is His justice side, He longs for everyone to accept His gift of eternal life and come to know the joy and peace that come only from Him.
These have been words from the heart.