The Syrians, the enemy of Israel, arrogantly thought they would defeat Israel. They believed God to be a God of the hills but not of the valleys (1 Kings 20:23-30). This referred to an expression of the pagan idea that a deity’s power extended only over the limited area of his “jurisdiction.” This was an insult to God’s omnipotence. God therefore allowed them to be defeated by a small army.
Some have a similar view of God today. They say, “God cannot see at night,” so sin is committed under the cover of darkness as though God cannot perceive the wickedness. Solomon said that both night and day are alike to God (Proverbs 7:8-10). Paul wrote, “For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night” (1 Thessalonians 5:7). David said, “Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee” (Psalm 139:12).
Some also say, “God cannot distinguish one sinner from the other.” The theory is that God loves poor, helpless sinners so much that He will save them even if they do not repent. Paul said, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19). He also proclaimed to the men of Athens, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30).
Finally, some say, “God does not recognize the difference from one religion to the next.” If this is true, why so many warnings against following false religions (John 4:24; 2 John 9)? The Lord Himself said, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of me” (Matthew 15:9). The truth is knowable and discernible, so we’d better follow it (John 8:32).
We should never ascribe to God the weaknesses of men (Psalm 50:22). He is an omnipotent God who is to be honored and respected (Habakkuk 2:20; Revelation 19:6). He sees all and has a standard of truth by which we will all be judged. Don’t rest your salvation on a false assumption. Study your Bible and obey truth.