Waiting on God as a God of Judgment
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee. . . For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:8-9 The LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait upon him. Isaiah 30:18
God is a God of mercy and a God of judgment. Mercy and judgment are forever together in His dealings. In the Flood, in the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt, in the overthrow of the Canaanites, we ever see mercy in the midst of judgment. In these, the inner circle of His own people, we see it, too. The judgment punishes the sin, while mercy saves the sinner. Or, rather, mercy saves the sinner, not in spite of, but by means of, the very judgment that came upon his sin. In waiting on God, we must beware of forgetting this: as we wait we must expect Him as a God of judgment.
”In the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee.” That will prove true in our inner experience. If we are honest in our longing for holiness, in our prayers to be wholly the Lord’s, His holy presence will stir up and discover hidden sin. It, will bring us very low in the bitter conviction of the evil of our nature, its opposition to God’s law, and its inability to fulfill that law. The words will come true: ”Who may abide the day of his coming?. . . For he is like a refiner’s fire” (Mal. 3:2). ”Oh that thou wouldest. . . come down. . . As when the melting fire burneth” (Isa. 64:1).
In great mercy, God executes, within the soul, His judgments upon sin, as He makes it feel its wickedness and guilt. Many try to flee from these judgments. The soul that longs for God, and for deliverance from sin, bows under them in humility and in hope. In silence of soul, it says, ”Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered” (Num. 10:35). ”In the way of thy judgments. . . have we waited for thee.”
Let no one who seeks to learn the blessed art of waiting on God, wonder if at first the attempt to wait on Him only reveals more of sin and darkness. Let no one despair because unconquered sins, evil thoughts, or great darkness appear to hide God’s face. Was not, in His own beloved Son, the gift and bearer of His mercy on Calvary, the mercy as hidden and lost in the judgment? Oh, submit and sink down deep under the judgment of your every sin. Judgment prepares the way and breaks out in wonderful mercy. It is written, ”Zion shall be redeemed with judgment” (Isa. 1:27). Wait on God, in the faith that His tender mercy is working out His redemption in the midst of judgment. Wait for Him; He will be gracious to you.
There is another application still, one of unspeakable solemnity. We are expecting God, in the way of His judgments, to visit his earth; we are waiting for Him. What a thought! We know of these coming judgments. We know that there are tens of thousands of professing Christians who live on in carelessness, and who, if no change comes, must perish under God’s hand.
Oh, will we not do our utmost to warn them, to plead with and for them, if God may lave mercy on them! If we feel our lack of boldness, zeal, and cower, will we not begin to wait on God more definitely and persistently as a God of judgment? Will we not ask Him to so reveal Himself in the judgments that are coming on our very friends, that we may be inspired with a new fear of Him and them, and constrained to speak and pray as never yet before?
Verily, waiting on God is not leant to be a spiritual self indulgence. Its object is to let God and His holiness, Christ and the love that died on Calvary, the Spirit and fire that burns in heaven and came to earth, get possession of us to warn and arouse men with the message that we are waiting for God in the way of His judgments. Oh, Christian, prove that you really believe in the God of judgment!
My soul, wait thou only upon God!
Judgement Day Is Coming
Some years after World War II ended, Winston Churchill made this astute observation regarding the state of morality in Great Britain, “The moral landslide in Great Britain can be traced to the fact that heaven and hell are no longer preached in the land.” Because coming judgment was not regularly preached, the people engaged in all forms of sin and debauchery with no thought of the consequences.
If Churchill’s statement was true in 1960, how much more appropriate is it for today? People today have a false view of God. They see Him as mushy, weak, and without standards. They conveniently forget that He is “holy, holy, holy.” They fail to comprehend the ominous warning in Hebrews 10:31, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
All of us will one day stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, our Creator God (see John 5:22-23), to give an account of our lives. Unbelievers will do this at the Great White Throne Judgment (see Revelation 20:11-15), and believers will do this at the Judgment Seat of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:10). Christ-rejecters (unbelievers) will be judged for their sins and cast into hell—the garbage dump of eternity where the fire is never quenched and the worm never dies. Christ acceptors (believers), on the other hand, will have their works tested by fire. They will be rewarded for their fruitfulness and faithfulness to the Lord.
Tragically, some Christians will experience tremendous loss at the Judgment Seat of Christ. They will not lose their salvation or their inheritance of heaven, but they will lose their hope of reward. Why? The reason is these Christians did not yield to the Lordship of Christ. They did not walk in the power of the Spirit but in the power of the flesh. The product of their lives will go up in flames, consisting of wood, hay, and straw (see 1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
WHICH JUDGMENT FOR YOU?
There are only two possible judgments after death. Which one you go to depends on what you do with the Savior in this life. For unbelievers, the horrors of hell await, and rightfully so. For believers, the Judgment Seat of Christ should persuade us “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.” As the old poem so aptly states, “Only one life will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Our world today does not even have the fear of God’s judgment on the radar screen. People think they can sin with impunity, but nothing could be further from the truth. God is the righteous judge, and no one gets away with sin. Sin for the unbeliever results in eternal punishment, and sin for the believer results in eternal loss of reward. Do not be deceived. There is a heavy price to pay for embracing the passing pleasures of sin.
May we be sobered to the evils all around us. May we be sensitive to any ungodly thought, word, deed, or attitude we have allowed into our hearts. May we be aware of the coming judgment and the exposing of all things hidden in the darkness. Listen: it pays to serve Jesus … and it costs to neglect Him.
Have you ever been required to appear in court before a judge? Even if your only offense was a parking or speeding ticket, the courtroom experience can be very intimidating. Your wrong cannot be undone, and you must give an account for your actions and accept whatever consequences the judge decrees.
There will come a day when every human being will be required to stand before the Judge of the universe. At that point, there’s no turning back, no chance to start over. We will each be held accountable by almighty God for our choices and actions in this life.
If you’ve trusted in Jesus, you will appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). This isn’t a judgment of your sins, because they were judged when God’s wrath was poured out on His Son at Calvary. Since the Savior has already secured your eternal destiny, you will stand before God, clothed in Christ’s righteousness. The purpose of this judgment is evaluation of your works to determine if they are worthless or deserving of a reward.
The Great White Throne Judgment is reserved for people who have rejected Jesus as Savior (Revelation 20:11-15). The works they have done will be evaluated according to God’s record books. Since their names are not written in the book of life, their eternal destination will be the lake of fire.
Although no one can avoid being judged, the good news is that you have a choice regarding which judgment seat you will appear before. But the only time you can make that choice is in this lifetime. Once your earthly life ends, your destiny is set.
Judgment Day is Coming
From: fervr.net, MIKE EVERETT , author
The first thing to say is Judgment Day is coming. Jesus has already come to earth once and he has promised to come back (John 14:3; Acts 1:11).
On this day there will be a final judgment of all people, living and dead. Jesus himself will be the judge (Acts 17:30-31).
Those who trust in Jesus will receive new spiritual bodies for eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:35-58; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2); those who don’t trust in Jesus will receive eternal death (John 3:36; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
There will be a final defeat and destruction of all evil — Satan, sin, suffering and death. The kingdom of God will come to its fulfillment at last and the world will be recreated (Acts 3:20-21).
Maybe, maybe not! Jesus said no one would be able to predict exactly when He would return.
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32).
So the angels don’t know when Jesus is coming back, and Jesus doesn’t know when He is coming back. So either
1) The people who put the billboard up (“Family Radio Worldwide”) know more than Jesus and the angels, or
2) they are wrong in saying they know exactly when Judgment Day is coming.
Preparing for judgement day
So what do you do? Well, Judgment Day is coming. Jesus will return, even though we don’t know when. What do we do? Check out the following:
“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:43-44).
“Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” (Mark 13:33)
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)
“But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.” (2 Peter 3:10-12)