Read 2 Thessalonians 1
Focus on verse 9-10
Every day we make choices. Some are good choices – that benefit us and others, some are of little consequence – having little if any lasting effect, and of course, every now and then we make bad choices that leave us wishing our life had an “undo” button.
Of all the choices we face in life, none have greater ramifications than the one God presents us with at some point in our journey. It is the choice of what we will do with Jesus Christ. Will we choose to believe He is who He said he was, and place our trust in Him as Savior and Lord of our life? Or will we reject Him by putting the decision off into the future. Postponing the decision is as good as rejecting it all together, as it has the same effect.
In today’s reading Paul describes the consequences of those who choose to reject Christ. He states that,
They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. (v. 9-10)
I had one seminary professor describe hell as merely the agony of utter separation from God as well as everyone else. To be separated from God is to be utterly alone. He had us try to imagine what it might be like to be suspended in air, unable to touch anything, hear anything or see anything. Completely void of any outside stimulation, reaching to touch, straining to hear or see, getting nothing in return. And then the worst part would be the realization that when one has hung there for a thousand years – one is no closer to the end of the time spent there than when one first arrived.
I don’t know how accurate that description is, but there is enough in the Bible about what awaits those who reject Jesus Christ that I am confident that I don’t want to be one of them. It also make me more grateful that God for whatever reason chose to allow me to come to enough of an understanding of who He is to choose to believe.