Isaiah 30:18 (KJV)
18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
Praise God; He is merciful, gracious, and patient with us. He doesn’t carry out the corresponding consequence or punishments for our sins right away; He gives us time to turn away from our foolishness and sins, and to turn back to Him. He waits; He doesn’t control us like robots. He’s our help and hope even when our troubles are brought about by our own wrong or ungodly choices. He loves us; He prefers us to repent and return to Him and the blessed life of being His rather than for us to go down the road of destruction and suffer in it.
When a person or a nation prospers, there’s a huge tendency to be complacent, even forgetting God Who’s the very Source of all its blessings. There are those who even proudly and brazenly fight against Him; they don’t realize the lunacy and the danger of taking that position. God alone is unbeatable; no one’s exempt from disaster; no one’s invincible—no matter how powerful they are. It’s best to come to Him and to be on His side. Why suffer a disastrous fate of having no sufficient protection from enemies bent on our destruction? And as much as we would like to believe that we don’t have enemies, we do. Enemies aren’t there to make our lives beautiful. We as believers love them, but they don’t necessarily share our virtues and convictions. They would rather take what we have, kill us, or destroy us.
Instead of going the direction that leads farther from the Lord; we run towards Him. No matter how powerful our enemies are, God can handle them. And to depend on another superpower, be it a man or a nation or a group of nations, void of God, is to have a misplaced faith. We experience full victory only with God. Everything, without Him, no matter how great they seem, is really nothing. Everything, with God, no matter how awful they seem, is really something. If only everyone knows how it is to be under the protective, gracious, powerful, victorious, and loving arms of our heavenly Father. He forgives, restores, and revives. So yes, it’s best to be with Him than to be against Him.