You Cannot Win Against God
"There is no wisdom or understanding
or counsel against the Lord."
You cannot win against God. A wicked man plans in himself how he is going to make his way, but once the Lord has determined the outcome, there is nothing that man can do to change it. He revels in his cleverness and devises the ways he will avoid bad results, but the one thing he cannot prevail against is the Lord God.
Consider the evil men who once lived, Nero, Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, and multitudes upon multitudes more ...where are they now? What did they gain by their wisdom, their cleverness, their power? It's over for them. Finished. Now they have an eternity to spend in regret. Their proud counsel against God gained them nothing, only hell. And even in hell, every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
"...at the name of Jesus EVERY knee will bow,
of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
and that EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."
There are no atheists in hell. They are no longer atheists.
Why did they rail against God in life? Did they give no thought to their future? Were they so drunk with their own pride that their mortality never concerned them? Were they so successful in their self-will that they were fearless? But oh - pride will always meet its fate. Their self-will will come to an end. Isn't this tragic?
You can't live for evil in life and then go with Jesus when you die.
How awful. The end will reveal the depth of their foolishness.
But for anyone who has willingly bowed their knee before Jesus Christ, their future will be secured and their joy beyond what anyone has ever imagined. These are they who realized their mortality and were aware that they needed to settle it. These are they who realized their sinfulness and sought pardon for their sins. These are they who realized the wisdom of God and the truth of God, who accepted and believed his Word and who were willing to surrender their lives to him. When they bowed before him, surrendering their pride, confessing their sin, asking for forgiveness, and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, their fate was eternally settled by him and what they have to look forward to is the glory of the life to come in heaven.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
nor have entered into the heart of man
the things which God has prepared
...for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
If any wicked person is reading this, I pray you will come to understand that your pride is going to be your undoing. Your pride will be broken. You can choose to surrender it now, or else by force when you stand before Jesus Christ. Rail if you want, scoff if you want, hate if you want, but your fate will be sealed. Think very deeply before you decide to live in the enjoyment of sin in the present while ignoring your future in hell.
Hell is real, the Word of God proclaims it, and there is no avoiding it for the unsaved. Jesus Christ holds out to you the offer of eternal life. He is willing to cleanse you with the blood he shed in atonement for your sin. He is willing, even inviting you, yes even you, to walk with him in this world, and live with him forever. He loves you. Perhaps he is the only one who has ever really loved you. Come to him, he holds out his hand to you. He will forgive your sins completely. But your pride has to be surrendered first. Bow your knee before him now while you can do it willingly, and change your eternal fate forever, while it is still possible.
"Behold, now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation."
2 Corinthians 6:2