One third of all people were killed by the three terrible troubles caused by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur.The horses had powerful mouths, and their tails were like poisonous snakes that bite and hurt.The people who lived through these terrible troubles did not turn away from the idols they had made, and they did not stop worshiping demons. They kept on worshiping idols that were made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood. Not one of these idols could see, hear, or walk.No one stopped murdering or practicing witchcraft or being immoral or stealing.
When a little child touches a hot stove he quickly learns not to do that again. It is the suffering of being burned that teaches him not to put his hand on the burner. But what little children learn naturally, an adult living without Jesus in his life finds hard, if not impossible to do.
Sin brings suffering and pain. It doesn't take a genius to understand the correlation between sin and the pain that comes after it. But a stubborn, prideful man will persist in sinning as he thinks that maybe it won't be the same every time he steps outside the boundaries that God has set up in life!
So when I see the judgement of God falling on lives all around me, what should my response, or maybe even reaction be? Instead of finding satisfaction in the fact that others are "getting what they deserve," I must fall down at the feet of Jesus and repent of every sin that might still be clinging to my heart!
"Lord Jesus, give me a heart of continual repentance so that I might turn away from everything in life that does not lead me to You! May You, Lord be the beginning and end of every day including that day that is sure to come when I leave this world to begin an Eternity with You. And may You be praised forever. Amen."