e have in our society in Nigeria today, suspected murderers, walking freely and in spite, have attained high positions. Pen robbers, fraudsters, wicked people, cheaters and people with all kinds of vices; living in opulence while those who are making all efforts to live a godly life are living in poverty, barely able to sustain themselves.
These godly people wonder how God can watch all these happen. They may even start to doubt the existence of God and be discouraged from doing good because it appears as if God is rewarding evil doers with good life while those who are trying to live according to His commands are left to their fate.
Today, the topic of my sermon is "Vengeance and Judgment, No Escape"
Let us pray.
Vengeance and Judgment. No Escape.
Turn with me in to the book of Ecclesiastes 8.
The book of Ecclesiastes by the way was written by king Solomon who was reputed to be the wisest man in the history of man-kind.
He wrote with wisdom and lots of experience.
The king expressed the success of the godless as if it were a reward for their ungodliness.
Hear him in vs 11
"Because God does not punish sinners instantly, people feel it is safe to do wrong"
He added in verse 14 "Providence seems to treat some good people as though they were wicked and wicked people are often treated as though they were good-"
In fact, in most cases, the wicked escape God's judgement till they die and they get a befitting burial and are praised by all. This is also not new.
In vs 10 the king wrote "I have seen wicked people buried with honor. Yet they were the very ones who frequented the Temple and are now praised in the same city where they committed their crimes.
A man by the name Asaph thought the same thing and his pronouncements were recorded in Psalm 73
READ Psalm 73 - New Living Translation (NLT)
READ Proverbs 23: 17 & 18
READ Proverbs 3: 31-33
READ Psalms 37: 16-21
To be contd