I recently heard a comment that sounds all too familiar. “Why would a righteous and loving God allow such suffering upon the innocents of the world?” Some use this as an excuse for justifying their rejection of the Bible or that God exists altogether. The key is Justice. He is always fair and just. His law, which He ordained by His word, authorized by His power and sovereignty, evidenced by His creation, requires that the penalty of breaking His law be paid for. God’s righteous and just punishment. Believers will now quote, “The wages of sin is death”. (Rom6:23) The scoffer, however, accuses God to be a sadistic, bloodthirsty ogre, bent on forcing His subjects into submission through fear of death. This more accurately describes most of the other mainstream religions, it is not Christianity. The seeker, the believer, understands that God is perfectly just and righteous in His judgements. All He ever asks is that we Honor His word through faith. Rejection of His word is to reject the creator. This will incur His wrath. Egypt learned this lesson the hard way. We are all some what familiar with the glories of Egypt. The most powerful, the most wealthy and one of the most idolatrous nations in history chose to reject and dishonor the word of God. It’s leaders became objects of public worship, raised up to “sit in the seat of God”. Buildings, statues, temples and man made objects were venerated and worshipped in place of the one true God. Evil worship practices, slavery, the denigration of human life and the assault on God’ word is the backdrop of the following oracle against this prideful nation. “Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud, and is about to come to Egypt; The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence , And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.” The prophet Isaiah speaks more of the destruction and debasement of this great nation (Is 19) which illustrates God’s righteous judgement. They will be demoralized, confounded, dejected and filled with mourning. The once fierce people will be delivered into the hand of a mighty king. So was the fate of Egypt. So is the fate of all men who forsake the Lord. The story does not have to end here. God is Love. His unconditional love is verified by His constant willingness to bring all men to salvation. Even Egypt was provided for. Isaiah 19:25 “Blessed is Egypt my people...”. God loves all people and will save anyone from destruction through His gift of the vicarious sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus. Keep walking with Him.