Lightning is used many times in scripture to describe God. In Zechariah 9:14 it says “His arrow shall go forth as the lightning.” In 2 Samuel 22:15 God "shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them." However, the idea of God hitting us with lightning probably comes from Greek mythology. Zeus was the god of the sky and thunder. And he is often pictured with a handful of lightning bolts.
Though as for our demise, the Creator of the universe certainly isn’t limited to just lightning should He wish to take us out. But it is a good question. We've all sinned and fallen short of God's glory. (Rom 3:23) Why doesn't he just wipe us all out?
Well, the first question we must tackle is "are you saved?" or "What does it mean to be a Christian?" I've dealt with this in a previous blog, which you are welcome to read. If you are not saved, you don't belong to God. Having said that, Christian or not God made all of us, and He certainly could take away our breath at any moment for any number of reasons.
The question however really refers to believers. If I am a child of God, why does he continue to put up with my wickedness? Time and time again I come up with only one answer... Love. Romans 5:8 says "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
God loves us unconditionally. But that doesn’t mean we have free reign to sin either. If we truly believed that we could go on sinning without any consequences we probably would be asking for a lightning bolt from heaven.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (Romans 6:1-2)
When Jesus told the story of the tax collector and the Pharisee praying (Luke 18:9-14) the tax collector who cried “have mercy on me, a sinner” is the one who went home justified. The tax collector humbled himself and received mercy from God.
There's a reason it's called the throne of grace. When we come to God in humility we are much more likely to receive mercy than condemnation. No, God doesn't like our sin. But He understands temptation (Heb 4:15). He knows that we are made of dust. (Psa 103:14) So when we cry out to Him, He does forgive. After all, we can't praise him if we're dead. (Psa 115:17)
We must remember that He gave us His Holy Spirit to live inside of us. We have the power to say NO to sin. So even though we are weak, He is strong. And we're strongest when we're on our knees relying on His power instead of our own to carry us through.
God loves you. Don't think for a moment that you are a hopeless cause. The King of Glory lives in you. He hasn't given up on you. Don't give up on yourself. Fall to your knees and find mercy and victory.
Lord, our relationship is broken
My sin has separated me from the Almighty
You tried. You tried to call me away from iniquity
But I was bent on destruction
I was faithless, you were faithful still
You saw my stubborn heart, and you turned away
You let me dive into the evil I desired
When my sin was full grown, I realized
to my shame, You were gone. I was alone
It's true. You cannot look upon evil
Oh why, when I am weak, do I forget You
I fall to my knees and cry out
Oh God, restore to me the joy of Your salvation
On bended knee I confess my need
Lord, I am broken