We know that God hates sins, and He is also willing to punish sins. It is because He is holy, righteous and He is the Source of all goodness. We know so well that God has punished sins in many ways. But, have you ever think that in that punishment itself, God, who is the Source of goodness, has always bring good in that punishment? I think God would never act contradicts from His nature. Even when He punishes sins, He will always bring good from that punishment.
I have contemplated some events in the Bible which indicate that God punishment is always “a sweet punishment.” First, I see when Adam and Eve fall into sin. God punished them both. Adam, as a representation of men, must work hard in the punished land. As for women, they must feel the pain from giving birth to their child. At first, this punishment seems to be a very painful punishment. And yes, it’s truly painful. But on the other side, this punishment brings good if we see that from this era. We can see that in this modern times, hard work of the men has made this world developed in a positive way. I know that many of their work contains sins, of course, because we are all sinners. But we cannot escape from the amazement of their hard work. And women too, from their pain in giving birth, we know the love and sacrifice the mother gave to their children. If giving birth was not this hard, maybe the children and the mothers are not bound in love like they are now, knowing the mothers have sacrificed her life to giving birth to them.
Secondly, I will take the example from God’s punishment to Babel tower’s workers. God punished them because they want to be God for themselves, their arrogance made God punish them. The punishment was very awful, God scattered them and made them didn’t understand the language of one another. In the Bible, we’ve been told that in the first, every human spoke in one language. But this punishment made limitation to their understanding about language. In short, this punishment made many differences in human’s language. At a glance, this punishment seems awful and terrible. But I see it as sweet punishment too. Can you imagine the world with one language? Maybe it will be very easy to communicate each other. But it will limit the beauty of the creation: the difference. Once, I came to a church event where they gathered the Sunday School children to dressed up in every nations and tribe, and then they sang a song in many languages, according to their looks. I felt so amazed that time. It was a very beautiful show. We can see the difference in the language, tribe, color of skin, etc. not as a punishment, but as the beauty in diversity.
The conclusion is, I want to express my gratitude to God who never refuted His own nature, but always acts as God who is good, just, and beautiful. As we know His nature, we know that His punishment to our world was never separated with His beauty and His will to restore. The greatest proof I can give you is that He came to the world in Jesus Christ so that He can restore us, the sinners. His anger, His wrath, and His punishment are never alone. It will always go together with His goodness, forgiveness, and restoration.
In the end, I ask you to think and contemplate about the end of the days. Can a God like what we describe before, punish us forever in hell? Or hell will be, as well as the other punishment, “a sweet punishment”? But how can we see and feel that sweetness from never ending awful, hurtful punishment? What I know and believe is God will never punish us without a will to restore us.