Is God For You Or Against You?
He’s for me, of course! Isn’t He? It might not be as cut-and-dried as you think!
Thirteen times in Ezekiel, the Lord said, “I am against you.” Whom was God against?
Jerusalem/Israel (5:8, 21:3)
False prophets (13:8)
False prophetesses (13:20)
Pharaoh/Egypt (29:3, 29:10, 30:22)
Israel’s shepherds/kings (34:10)
Mt. Seir/Edom (35:3)
Gog (38:3, 39:1)
In every case, the Lord was against them because of their sin. Note that God showed no partiality – men and women, Jews and Gentiles, religious leaders and political figures, all were treated the same. When they sinned, God was against them. Would the same not be true in our own case? God’s nature has not changed; sin is still repulsive to Him.
But here is good news! When people turn from sin, God is for them. When His captive people repented, the Lord brought them back to their homeland. To that land, personified to represent His people, God said, “For indeed, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown” (Ezek. 36:9).
Israel still faced hostile neighbors and trials of other kinds, and so will we. However, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
But there’s the rub: “If” God is for us . . . and that’s a huge “if”! Unforgiven sin turns God against us. When we repent and obey, He is for us. Think about it!