1 God has spent several thousand years completing His management, passing through several ages to manage His mankind. The thing He wishes least to see is mankind, whom He saves, defying Him, and less than that does He wish to see instances of people who once enjoyed His grace betraying Him. All He does is meant to save more people, to gain more people who understand His will and are of one mind with Him, so that they may enter into His kingdom and enjoy His promises.
2 Therefore, He most abhors when defiance arises within His family. Is there a better stance for Him to take toward those who defy Him than one of punishment and cursing? What choice do those who are punished have? Defying, blaspheming, and betraying God can only end in punishment. This is God’s disposition and the best way for Him to deal with evil people. Never have any escaped from it. It was so before, it is so now, and it will be so in the future; it is an eternal, unchanging fact.
Adapted from Afterword to Classic Examples of Punishment for Resisting Almighty God