We have seen that the Hebrew word translated as “grievous” (in regard to the famine that was in the land) was also translated as “slow” concerning Moses and his speech and tongue (Exodus 4:10). He had slow speech or a slow tongue. We were beginning to discuss the idea that oftentimes the judgments of God are very grievous because they are “slow.” For the most part they do not happen instantaneously. The judgment of God is not typically something where you are “struck” by a bolt of lightning and it is over and done with, although there is an element of that when a man dies and also when God finally destroys the world at the end of time, there will be utter destruction and complete annihilation of the creation and unsaved man. On that last day that finality will come quickly. However, many judgments of God that we read about in the Bible are prolonged – they are not quick. There is a very interesting verse in Ecclesiastes chapter 8, verse 11. But before that notice the context of what we read in Ecclesiastes 8:5-6:
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment. Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
Then we come to Ecclesiastes 8:11:
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.