I would never accuse God of being unfair. I know that fair would be sending all of mankind to hell. God is generous, abounding in love and mercy. I am a beggar with no rights to claim anything apart from God’s provision. But sometimes I do struggle to understand God’s consistency. He chooses to bring showers of blessings or floods of wrath upon both the good and the bad. He uses heathen kings to punish Israel. He uses extremely wicked nations to punish the sin of nations that seem almost good by comparison.
God promises to bless all peoples through Israel. Then He calls the Israelites to slaughter whole groups of people, cities and nations, including woman and children. Sometimes, God even commands the Israelites to kill all the animals and livestock of foreign nations.
The Spirit of God struck Ananias and Sapphira dead in Acts while other Christians sinned and did not suffer such dire consequences. A man even married and had sex with his mother in the Corinthian church and did not die. David sins by counting the men and thousands of Israelites die as a result. Why didn’t the punishment just rest on the house of David?
Uzzah “accidentally” touched the Ark of the Covenant and immediately died. Eli’s sons committed horrible sexual acts in doorway of the temple and it took them a long time to die.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. God is perfect in all His ways and a just judge. Then why does God sometimes seem to judge some people and sins harder than others?
As I have searched the Scriptures, I have noticed that God holds leaders to a higher standard. The decisions they make impact those underneath them.
Sometimes God brings swift judgment. Others times He allows sin to continue for a season. But this does not mean He looks the other way forever. He never allows sin to go unpunished. Justice delayed is not the same thing as justice denied. Sin is either paid for by blood sacrifice or punishment.
God may be quick to respond in order to keep sinful attitudes from creeping into the church. Other times, God may be long suffering providing people every last possible chance to repent.
The intensity of the manifest presence of God impacts judgment. Scripture refers to God as a consuming fire. His holiness and righteousness consumes everything evil around Him. Kind of like the sun, the closer you get to it, the more likely you are to get burned up. God’s presence although desired must be respected.
Ultimately, I come back to the idea that God’s ways are higher than my ways. His thoughts are much greater than my pea brain can understand. I must trust God’s judgment. I must take the attitude that Eli had when he learned of the judgment to come on his family. Eli said, “He is the Lord let Him do what is good in His eyes.”