Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23
Over the centuries of time, there have been many different evil people rise to power and cause a lot of damage to the people. Attempts to cause genocide of groups of people have been done by some of these people. Often many in the world hate these people and want them removed.
One way that many want to see the person removed is by death. When one of these evil rulers get killed, many will often rejoice at his death or destruction. It is seen as a relief from an evil person and that he got what he had deserved.
Ezekiel talks about the death and life of people. God points out that people will die for their sins. However, God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. He would rather see them change and live.
Believers have often been right along side of the world in desiring the death of a wicked person. There have been some who have blown up doctors and their clinics that provide for abortion, thinking that they were doing what God is desiring in getting rid of the wicked person.
Judgement is often called for upon a wicked person by many believers. Yet, this is not what God really wants. God is a God of love, not judgement and destruction. He does not want to see anyone destroyed, but to come to repentance and live.
It should break the heart of a believer to see a wicked person die in his sins. That means a person is lost for eternity.
Every believer must keep in mind that at one time he was a wicked person in sin. It is only by the grace of God that he is now being saved. This salvation should be sought for every wicked person, not death.
You may be one who has rejoiced over the death of a wicked person. Rather than rejoicing, see that person as God does, one who is loved and is lost. Allow their death to break your heart as it breaks God’s heart.
Seek to be His witness to every person, no matter how ‘good’ or wicked they are. Pray that God can turn their heart and bring on salvation, rather than death. Do not rejoice in the death of the wicked, but weep.
I pray today that you will know God’s heart of love; that you will love all people as God loves you and them; that you will be His witness; and that you weep at the loss of life in sin.