Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes in pride?
Against the Holy One of Israel! 2 Kings 19:22
I think it’s safe to say that one of the great overarching themes from Genesis to Revelations is “God is in control.” And He is. He sees everything, hears everything, and knows everything. When someone blasphemed or insulted the name of God, He certainly took note.
Four thousand years later and He still takes notice. When someone publicly shakes a fist at God, He takes note. When that same action is done in private, He responds accordingly in a loving and compassionate way. Those are two very different acts: one out of defiance, and the other out of anger and frustration. He knows the heart in each.
When we see people in our culture defy God publicly or make outlandish public statements opposing God, we shake our heads at their brazenness and foolish behavior. We may even feel the need to speak out against such abuse. Make no mistake, God sees their actions, and as in the case of Sennacherib, He called him on it. Those who insult God loudly and publicly do so because they have no fear of judgement.
Continue to pray for wisdom in the midst of foolish and anti-God cultures. Pray also that those who hurt and shake their fists in private to God will find Him. Pray that their emptiness will be filled.