The judgment of the Lord is sure. The rulers of this earth, despite their higher position, are limited like other men in their ability to bring to pass their intentions. They have plans to do good and to do bad that often cannot be carried out. "There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand" (Proverbs 19:21). There is no way to overturn what God determines in His judgment. "There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD" (Proverbs 21:30). No wonder some people would like to believe there is no God.
The judgment of the Lord is eternal. This world's rulers' favour, or their punishment, cannot extend beyond the things of the present, but God's sentences matter forever. "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28).
The favour of the Lord must be through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, since sinners have no personal merit. He paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross. God now extends favour to those who trust in His Son for salvation from sin, and He promises them a home in heaven for all eternity.
Isaiah's words complete the thought of the Proverb we began with. "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon" (Isaiah 55:6-7).