Job 24:1 Where Is God’s Judgement?

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Why does the Almighty not set times for judgement? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days? Job 24:1

Looking out on this world there are crimes being committed each and every day. Those who abide by the rules often wonder why these crimes are allowed. They want to know where are the police when things are done wrong.

This can often be seen on the highways. One person is driving in a very dangerous manner and there does not appear to be a policeman around to stop him. Another person drives two miles over the speed limit by accident and gets stopped and a ticket. Judgement against the crimes does not seem to appear.

Job was seeing this type of action occurring. People were rebelling against God, refusing to obey Him, yet, nothing was happening. Job was striving to follow God with all of his heart and nothing but bad was occurring. He begins to wonder why God has not set a time to judge the wicked.

Questioning why God does not judge the wicked is a question people ask even to this day. The world thinks that they are getting away with their sin, because nothing is happening to them.

God is not quick to judge and punish people. He is patient and loving, merciful and full of grace. He does not want anyone to be punished or condemned, but all brought to salvation and a change of heart and actions. God is very quick to forgive and restore, where man is quick to judge and destroy.

In reality, if God were to be quick and judge every person for their sins, then there would be no one alive on this planet. Every person has sinned so much that punishment and death would have to be immediate.

If it were not for God’s love, grace and patience, you would not be here today. You would not have had the chance to be a believer and a child of God.

Allow God to fill your heart with His love for all people, even those who are have committed the worst crimes against humanity. Rather than seeking judgement against them, seek to be a witness of Jesus to them. Believe that God can change lives.

Living like this gives people a chance to believe in Jesus. So don’t ask when God is going to judge them,  but ask when will He save them.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and patience; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that you will seek to bring people to Jesus; and that God will fill you with His love and patience for all people. 

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Job 20:29 The Fate Of The Wicked

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Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29 

The world sees trouble coming for the world. They see the pollution and destruction of the land occurring and they believe that people are destroying the world. In an attempt to combat what is happening, the world strives to enact laws to get people to be more careful with how they use this planet earth, believing that this world is all there is.

Most of the people of this world believe that there may be a god, but they don’t think that they can really know him. They also believe that there may be more than one god controlling everything. Atheists deny that God exists in any form or with any religion, believing that this is all there is.

Zophar, one of Job’s friends, decides to speak. He begins this chapter describing in great detail the final destruction of the wicked, those that do not believe in God. He goes into detail as to the loss of health and wealth, loss of peace and destruction of everything. This is one thing that his friends said that is true. There is coming a day of judgement against all who do not follow God, it is their inheritance for disobedience.

While all of these things will eventually happen, they may or may not be happening to people right now. Many in the church will quickly say that it is God’s hand of judgement coming upon people when a major disaster occurs. Zophar was implying this was the case with all that happened to Job, which is not the truth, there was no judgement occurring. Job was in a proving ground.

Believers in Jesus must warn people of the coming judgement and what that will mean. They have to let people know about Jesus and His offer for salvation from the coming destruction. The world will end, but life can go on.

As a believer, you must not fear when things are going bad around you. Have no fear when all you see is death and destruction. While those things are bad, they are not the end of life. God is still in control.

Focus your life and trust in Jesus. Trust that He will save you from your sins and the coming judgement. Then you will have peace that the world cannot understand.

As you do this, warn others of the coming judgement. Be a witness for Jesus to save as many as possible.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world; that you will know the peace God gives; and God will remove all fear of coming destruction. 

Job 18:21 A Bad Implication

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Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God. Job 18:21 

Generalizations of people happen on a regular basis. Because someone is something specific, other rules ‘must’ apply to him also. This is where racial prejudice usually comes in. Because a person is of a certain color, then he must be like something bad or especially good.

People are often categorized according to one or two things in their lives, rather than looking at their entire life. It is easy to judge someone with just a little bit of evidence, but that does not mean that the judgement is correct and accurate.

Bildad chooses to talk about how the life of a wicked man is. In this chapter he describes one who is abandoned by God and people and loses everything. It is a picture of total hopelessness and destruction. Job was going through total loss and destruction, but it was not eternal. It was not because of his sins. It was God testing and proving him.

It is true that in the end the wicked man will be completely abandoned by God and destroyed. He will lose everything in the end. However, that ‘end’ is when Jesus returns to judge the earth. That loss is when he is finally cast into hell with the devil and all others who have rejected Jesus.

While a person is still alive on this earth living in sin does not mean he will automatically prosper or not prosper. There are people who reject Jesus today that are living very well, by earth standards. They are not being rejected and have everything going for them, at least it appears that they have it going for them.

However, when Jesus returns, if they have not chosen to follow Jesus, they will lose it all. They will be rejected and destroyed in eternal punishment.

Believers today may be tested and proven by God, but that does not mean God has abandoned them.

You may be going through a time of testing and proving. Stand strong and true in your belief in God. Do not waiver or give up. In the end you will not lose everything, but will gain everything.

When Jesus returns and finds you faithful, despite the struggles on this earth, He will invite you into heaven for eternal life. Be careful how you judge what others are going through and what you are going through.

I pray today that God will reveal His presence to you; that you will see God’s hand in all you are going through; that you will know God’s peace in the midst of any trials; and that you will be proven faithful to God. 

Esther 7:10 Lies Will Cost

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So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided. Esther 7:10 

Telling lies often will appear to be acceptable, with no cost. People are telling lies on a regular basis and do not seem to have any problems. False reports about people are being spread on a daily basis, to the point, it is difficult to know what is the truth.

Watching the news, one will see many reports of what someone supposedly said or did. There will be reports on both sides of the story, saying the person did it or did not do it.

Haman had spread a false report to the king that the Israelites were out to destroy him and his nation. The king had believed him for a time, and allowed for the destruction of the Israelites.

This plot was discovered and uncovered. This destruction would also destroy the king’s wife–Esther. So the king was against Haman. His lies were uncovered and it cost him his life.

Being deceptive is an easy thing to do and most people will not be able to recognize it. Yet, God is watching and sees all deception and lies being told. He may allow it to happen, but there will be a price to be paid in the end.

There will always come a time when a lie is uncovered for what it was. This may occur in this life, or it may occur when standing before the judgement seat of God in heaven. Telling a lie is a sin and the cost of it is death.

Although one may have lied, Jesus has paid the price for that lie. He paid the price of death for the sin and is willing to forgive when repentance occurs. However, if there is no repentance, the individual will have to pay the price of death.

Lies and any other sin comes with the price of death. The world may not see it, but God does.

You may have done a sin against God at some point. It may appear as though no one has seen it. Know that God has seen it and there will be a price to be paid, whether it is a lie or some other sin. Repent of the sin, while there is still time before the final judgement occurs.

Do not try to pay the price yourself. Allow God to cleanse you of sin and restore you.

I pray today that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn from all sin towards God; that you will live your life for God; and that you know the forgiveness Jesus offers you. 

Ezra 9:6 Admission Of Guilt

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and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to life up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.” Ezra 9:6 

Seeing things that are wrong in other people is an easy thing to do. No matter who a person looks at, he can usually find something wrong. People are very quick to point out wrongs in another person.

Yet, they often forget that they, also, have faults in their own lives. Often the faults of others are a result in how they were trained or not trained on how to do something. Leaders have to take responsibility on how their followers act or react.

Ezra was noticing how the people were starting to live in sin again. They were breaking some of God’s commands. When he found out about it, he immediately began to humble himself and pray to God. He confessed the sins of all the people, including himself in the confession.

While it is easy to judge another person for sin, it is another thing to include oneself in that guilt of sin. Every believer is to be a leader in this world. They are to lead and guide others to Christ Jesus and to live for God, following His commands.

Jesus led and guided the disciples, then told them they must also do the same and make more disciples. Believers today must do the same. When one sees others messing up and living in sin, he can include himself in the confession, instead of just pointing fingers. Every person has sinned.

It could be that a person is living in a sin, because a believer did not tell him about Jesus and God’s commands. This includes the believer in the sin.

Just as Jesus took on the sins of the world, Ezra had taken on the sins of the people. You can also take on the sins of others and repent of the sins to God. Strive to lead people back to God and seek God’s mercy on every one around you.

Instead of judging and destroying people, seek to build them up in Christ Jesus. No one is without sin, so all need to confess their sins to God. Include yourself in that process and the world will see your love for them, rather than just judgement.

Then believe that Jesus can and has forgiven you and others. Rest in His grace and don’t stay condemned.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will guide others towards God’s mercy; that you will confess any sins to God; and that God will change you and those around you. 

2 Chronicles 36:16 Despising God’s Word

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But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. 2 Chronicles 36:16 

Warnings are seen all over the place, all around the world. Warnings about road work, dangerous gases and fumes, speed limits, falling rocks, and more. They are put into place to protect people from a great danger that is possible.

While most people do heed the warnings, there are also many who just ignore the warnings and continue moving forward. When these warning signs are ignore, often there is a accident that occurs. Vehicles run off the road, illness and injuries, and sometimes even death occur.

People often think that they are immune to the dangers that are warned about, that they can overcome the danger and are willing to take the risk.

God had sent many prophets to warn the people of the dangers of refusing to obey and follow Him. The people often just ignored the message and mocked His messengers. Occasionally they would follow God for a short time, but would quickly resort back to their old ways of sin and refusing to follow Him.

While God is very patient and long suffering, His patience does come to an end eventually. There came a point of no return and God had to punish the people, destroying the nation of Israel.

God is still sending out messages to the world and to the church. He is still in the process of warning people of dangers of living in sinful ways. While there are many who follow God faithfully, there are also many who mock God’s word and refuse to obey Him. They choose to live in ways that are contrary to God’s ways.

There is coming a day of final judgement. Ultimately it will be when Jesus returns for the final judgement. However, there can be consequences endured upon this earth until then.

Take a look at your own life and see how well you are heeding to God’s word. Are you striving to live as Christ Jesus lived? Or are you living like the world?

Every action that you do and word that you speak has a consequence. God is watching and listening. God’s message on how to live is beig given to you through the Bible and through other people, pastors, teachers, prophets and more. Will Jesus know you when He returns, or will He have to reject you?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear the warnings of God; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will live as Jesus lived serving God.