How can we refuse to repent? Why do we feel that we know better than the creator of the earth? Why do we think we can control our time here on earth when time and time again, we find that we are not in control?
Revelation 16 describes the "Seven Bowls of God's Wrath" that will be poured out on "the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image" otherwise known as the devil. And yet, even then, even as the earth is coming to a close, God would be willing to forgive. Even after someone has chosen to follow Satan, God is willing to forgive. This is what it says in verses 8-11:
"The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat...but they refused to repent and glorify him. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness...but they refused to repent of what they had done."
The imagery in these verses is frightening. I don't know if it is literal or figurative of something else but what stood out to me this morning is that God is willing to forgive. If people "refused to repent" that means that repentance was possible. Which means that repentance is always possible. God is always willing to forgive, as long as we come to him with a repentant heart.
I pray I can share this message of hope and forgiveness with my friends and loved ones so that they will not experience separation from God's glorious love.
In His Grace....