Judgment

Behold, the day of the Lord comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it. (Isaiah 13:9)

Many people hear about God’s coming judgment and quickly turn away.  Some mock Christianity as using fear to keep the drones in line. Some “Christians” feel as if they should spend their days yelling at “sinners”.  Would you mind if I shared two thoughts?

First, I know of very few people who wouldn’t like the idea that “bad people” will finally get what they deserve.  It’s not an uncommon thing to wonder how evil people can get away with doing bad things.  Well, they won’t.  There will be a day when they will face God’s judgment. It may not come as quickly as we want, but it will happen.

Second, God’s “anger” is not like our anger.  God isn’t happy when a person is judged. God “takes no pleasure” when a sinner dies (Eze. 33:11).  Our wrath demands judgment “now”, while God’s anger is patient, hoping that a person will turn around. The fact is, God doesn’t actually want anyone to perish. He wishes everyone would turn around (2Pet. 3:9).  God even went so far as to send His own Son to be a sacrifice for our sins so we wouldn’t have to face judgment, if we will only turn to Him and believe.  Judgment is indeed coming, but our loving God has made a way out.