Do horses run on rocks? Does one plow there with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood… – Amos 6:12
Violating God’s law is as damaging as violating the laws of nature. Put like this, judgment follows like a natural action-reaction. When it doesn’t, it is only because of divine intervention. God’s mercy is borderline miraculous.
The world’s judgement is the flipside of the world’s creation. If God created the world, God will also destroy/judge the world. You can’t have the latter without the former.
I think that, to some extent, this connection lies at the heart of modern anti-theistic polemics. It’s not so much that people don’t believe that God exists. That may be so, but it’s hardly an emotional igniter. One can also argue that modern atheists are railing against the perceived “evils” of religion. But, in of itself, that’s neither an argument against the existence of God nor is it consistent with the atheistic worldview.
It’s that the existence of God is generally linked to moral absolutes and moral absolutes imply accountability. I think that accounts more for the onslaught of modern-day atheism rather than any watertight piece of logic or scientific evidence. We scream when we’re scared.
Jesus made that point in John 3:19: “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands. – Psalm 138:8
The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me – God’s undoubted sovereignty. Swiftly followed by a declaration of God’s steadfast love, because faith goes hand-in-hand with knowledge of who God is. It’s not in a vacuum and it’s not wishful thinking.
And then, this grand truth-based certainty is followed by a request: do not forget the work of your hands.
God’s sovereignty doesn’t annul prayer.