Understanding that death is the final end of sin (James 1:15) and that eternity makes our fleeting existence on earth a mere vapor (James 4:14) allows us to see the context for God’s direction to devote to destruction all those who had embraced sin as not only a way of life, but a religion. This understanding also gives perspective when we face horror and trauma in our own lives. The death of a child. The betrayal of a spouse. The suffering of a loved one with cancer. As horrible and heartbreaking and painful as our worst moments in this life are, there will come a day when they will be a distant memory, a faint smudge on the far horizon overshadowed by the glory of eternal joy. The sin that swirls around us in this world will ultimately reach maturity in death and complete destruction for those who have embraced it. Our innate desire for justice will be fulfilled by the only One capable of judging rightly.
As you read these hard chapters, may God reveal more of His Grace and Mercy.