God’s retributive justice is recorded in II Chronicles 15:5-7. He troubled the nations with “every kind of distress” in the ninth century B.C. II Chronicles also records God’s use of disease as retribution against the kings of Judah. Asa’s of the feet 16:12; Jehoram’s of the bowels 21:16-21; Uzziah’s of leprosy 26:16-23. He also punished Herod Agrippa I with a fatal attack of worms Acts 12:21-23.
Perhaps we should at least consider that the principle still applies to modern nations, including America. Especially when the unrest percolating through the world may well presage even-more troublesome disasters!
Assuming for the purpose of this blog—and speculating that it may well be more than an assumption—what will determine our response if God has greater corrections, disciplines and punishments for all societies? It all depends on our spiritual state, our personal relationship with God and our willingness to accept God’s judgments as just and ultimately redemptive, not unfair and ultimately punitive. King David and Cain, the first-son of Adam and Eve, serve as models.
David, a man of spiritual integrity, fell to a momentary passion that led to worse abominations. But when confronted and accused, found forgiveness by admitting his sin II Samuel 12:13. Which had positive results.
Cain, a man of soaring egotism, at home only with self-will, felt at ease defying God’s rules of sacrifice. Having committed that colossal sin, he had no compunction about killing brother Abel. And, when confronted, engaged in a verbal argument with the Creator. Which had negative results. End Part III