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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Revelation 13:10 Patience & Faithfulness Required

 

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“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. Revelation 13:10

God revealed to John that there would be a day in which the beast, the devil, would be given power to rule upon the earth. He would be given power to fight against all believers. During this time it is pointed out that anyone destined to captivity or dying by the sword will go into captivity or die by the sword.

Over the centuries many different leaders have led many different countries. Each one is a little different. Some are sympathetic to believers, while others fight believers directly. The world as a whole, however, does fight against believers. While it does appear to ebb and flow some, as a whole it the fight is getting stronger and stronger.

No one likes to hear that they may have to go into captivity or be killed. This is especially true for the believer, who is not doing anything wrong, yet, this is what will happen to many believers.

John is quick to point out that believers must then be patient and faithful during this time. While sitting in captivity, they must have patience in waiting on God’s move. They must be faithful all the way to the point of death.

In the end God and all His people will win the battle. However, until then, times will be rough, persecution and suffering will be great, and death will occur. No believer is to throw in the towel and follow the ways of the world. Nor are they to fear what is happening or could happen.

As you go through or see rough times, you must stay focused on God. He has given the promise to save you. He has shown you how to live your life. He has promised that in the end He will win the battle. There will be a time when all suffering and death will end.

Until that time, stay faithful to God and wait patiently for His timing. Do not be anxious or worried, God will win in the end and if you are following Jesus, you also will win the battle.

Are you being patient and faithful today?

I pray today that you will know the promises of God for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear the evil in this world; that God will fill you with His patience; and that you will be faithful to God.

 

Psalm 90:4 God’s Time Table

A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

Time has always been a mystery to people. It is something that sometimes feels like it passes quickly, while at other times it appears to move extremely slowly.

When someone is having a good time, such as on a great vacation, the time seems to move extremely fast. A family can go on a week-long vacation to Disney World. As the week comes to an end, many may be complaining that they did not get to do everything that they wanted to do, because the time went so fast.

That same family when back home and having to go to work and school, will then complain about how long the days are. This usually happens when they are doing things that they really do not want to do.

God stands outside of time, because He has always existed and always will. Since this is the case, time passes as though there was no time for God. In God’s eyes, it was just a mere two days ago that Jesus left the earth saying He would return.

Christians will often complain about wondering when Jesus will return. This is especially true during very bad times of persecution on this earth. Or when there is a prayer being asked and there seems to be no answer from God.

You must trust in God at all times. Wait on Him. God understands what time it is and what your needs are. He is waiting for the right time to answer those prayers and needs.

As a human being, you may feel that the time it is needed is right now. You are limited in time. Yet, God knows and understands your every need. He also knows how long you have on this earth. Trust Him.

Do not worry or live in fear that your needs will not be met on time. If God is patient in answering your prayer, you must also be patient. God is not in a hurry, so you must not be in a hurry or worry either.

I pray today that you will not fear God’s timing; that you will wait for God’s answer; that you will trust in God’s timing; and that God will fill you with His patience.

2 Kings 9:36 God’s Word Will Be Fulfilled

They went back and told Jehu, who said, “This is the word of the LORD that he spoke through his servant Elijah the Tishbite: On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs will devour Jezebel’s flesh. 2 Kings 9:36

While Elijah still walked on the earth he had prophesied that when Jezebel dies, her body would not be buried, but devoured by dogs. Elijah did not stay on the earth to see that word fulfilled. It was many years later, while Elisha was the prophet, that the word of God had been fulfilled. She was thrown over a wall onto the ground, where horses trampled on her. When the men went to get her body and bury it, the body was gone, having been eaten by the dogs.

In today’s society most people expect things very quickly. No matter how fast something is, they would like it a little bit faster. Prior to the speed limit being raised to 75 mph, while it was still 60, people would still drive 65-70 mph. Now that the speed limit is raised to 75, people  drive 80-85 miles per hour. They want to get there just a little bit faster, or at least feel like they are getting there sooner.

People are impatient with each other and with God. When they pray for God to meet a need, they want it right away. When they hear a word from God about something to occur in their life, they want it right away. Very few are patient in waiting on God.

There are many people who have walked away from God, because they gave up believing that Jesus would return soon. They grew up hearing that His return would be soon, and now it is 20 years later, and still no return.

God’s word will always be fulfilled. It will come at the right time and no sooner and no later. Many may have given up on the word Elijah had told the people about Jezebel, but God did not forget His word.

Hold on to what you have read in God’s word, all the promises God had made. Those promises will be fulfilled.

Do not forget the promises God has personally told you, either directly or through someone else. Be patient as you wait for His word to be fulfilled. God will not let you down. God does not lie or break any of His promises.

I pray today that you will know the promises God has for you; that you will believe God’s word; that you will not grow impatient in waiting on God; and that God will do great things in your life.

2 Peter 3:9 Not Slow But Patient

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

Peter had written this letter within twenty to thirty years after Jesus ascended into heaven and had stated He would return soon. People were already questioning His return. They were probably saying that He was being slow in keeping His promise to return.

It is now nearly two-thousand years later, and people are still saying the same thing. Or others are saying that He was a liar and is not returning. However, Jesus is not a liar, nor is He slow. Jesus is being patient.

The entire purpose of His being patient is to give more people a chance to follow Him and be saved. The longer Jesus waits, the more believers can tell others about Him, and the more others can choose to follow Him. Think about it for a moment, if Jesus had returned even within the first hundred years of His leaving, you would not be here, nor would you have had a chance to be saved.

Nearly every believer is anxious for Jesus to return. They want to get away from all the sin and troubles of this world and get into heaven. They want to be with God for eternity. This is understandable, but it is also selfish.

What about the other people who do not know Jesus yet as their personal Lord and Savior?

Every believer knows some to many people who do not believe in Jesus. You probably could count at least a hundred people you know who do not know Jesus yet, and you probably have met many more just in this last year.

Do you really want Jesus to return today and they get sent to hell because they do not know Him?

Keep that in mind as you desire for Jesus to return. Take time today to tell someone about Jesus. Give someone a chance to know Him and be saved. It is for this reason that Jesus has not returned yet.

I pray today that God will reveal His patience to you; that you will have God’s patience; that you will tell others about Jesus daily; that you will repent and believe in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Him through you.