It is an unsettling, unnerving feeling to know the battle is lost when there is no time on the clock, or insurmountable foes overwhelm or one begins to feel that crushing exhaustion that signals the end. It can play out in various ways but for those who have faced undeniable defeat, the utter hopelessness is unforgettable. Now, imagine you are fighting against God, and multiply that by eternity. How completely useless the resistance and how vain the effort to deny God’s will. “Why do the nations rage? And why do people plot vain things?” for “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision” (Psalm 2:2, 4).
These are not cheery words, to be sure, but the picture of our truly loving God is somewhat unbalanced if one paints Him with perpetual smiles, unqualified acceptance and unconditional love. That is not the God of the Bible. Certainly, He loves us; so much so that He sacrificed His Son (John 3:16). However, He is angry with sin and sinners (Isaiah 13:9). He hates some things (Deuteronomy 16:22; Malachi 2:16) and some are even an abomination (Proverbs 6:16ff). He does not desire that any soul perish (2 Peter 3:9) but will not withhold His righteous indignation upon those who hate Him (Deuteronomy 7:10). So, since God sent His only begotten Son, those who reject Him are condemned (Psalm 2).
It should be lesson enough from this Psalm, let alone the history of the Israelites decimation by Nebuchadnezzar and Titus, to see the futility of fighting against God. And, rejecting Jesus is rejecting God, pointless. Yet, still today, many “rage” against God.
Do not those who spurn His invitation realize that opportunity is not eternal (James 4:14)? Is it not obvious that even God’s creation has grandeur greater than can be harnessed by humans and, at a moment’s notice, has power enough to devastate and destroy (Exodus 9:23; Isaiah 29:6)? What then of those who rebel against God? “He will speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure” (Psalm 2:5).
Good counsel about our real God is:
Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Psalm 2:10-12b
The old margarine commercial warned “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature,” implying the results might not be pleasant; people laughed. Fighting against God is a fool’s errand and there will be no mirth in perdition. “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:12c).