My meditation and reading this morning was about discipline and God’s judgment and His justice. I went to bed last night pretty discouraged, asking, “How long, O Lord before You judge the evil in this world?” I had just caught a glimpse of the newspaper with the headlines of a nineteen year old who had tied up and raped a fourteen year old and the judge let him off with probation. “Seriously?” I said to myself. Then God started my morning with Scriptures about His discipline and His judgment. I needed this today, and I hope it will bless someone who reads it.
The alternative to not being disciplined is unthinkable. We are blessed when the Lord disciplines us because He is showing His love for us. We must choose to live a disciplined life after God has shown us the right way. We are saved, we are being saved and one day we will be saved. It is a process and a road of discipline of ourselves and our wicked heart that wants to sin. But we choose daily not to do so…not to hurt others with our own wickedness. However, there are others in this world who seem to be committing violent acts of wickedness that are unimaginable and yet they seeem to get away with it. How does this happen? I lay part of the blame on the fact that we have a corrupt justice system. Many are in the system just for what they can get out of it. The Bible calls them corrrupt judges. And so they are. Our justice system is broken. But God’s isn’t. Here is what He says about His Justice and judgment.
If I am disgusted with the things I see in the news, how much more must our Creator be hurting over the evil that is in man’s heart? But God has a solution. One day, He will judge the whole earth. We will stand before the Lord. I want to stand before Him justified. I had a pastor once tell me that means “Just as if I had never sinned.” Jesus died for me and His blood justifies me. But I know that I cannot continue to sin because God is a God of justice, not only mercy. He cannot look on sin, so He judges it. The ones who are wicked and seem to have “beaten the system” here on earth will one day stand before the King of Kings and then there will be justice. Don’t get me wrong..I am not an advocate that God send all of these people to hell. I deserve hell as much as they do; what I am saying is that there is hope for these sinners just as there is hope for all of us. We have the same hope of salvation and being right before the Lord. But we have to repent and turn from wickedness, not continue in it. I remember long ago at dinner one night, our oldest son had had a really tough day at school. There was a particular boy in his class who bulllied him daily. As a family, we prayed at the table each night and that night it was Scott’s turn. I still remember his prayer: “Lord, heap burning coals of fire on his head.” What?!? Where did that come from? So, of course we had to talk to him about the Scripture and its context: Romans 12:20 says : “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” (NIV) You see, Scott had been kind to this bully, so he expected God to exact judgment on him. Isn’t that truly what we all want when we see injustice in this world? But God wants men to repent, to come to Him so that when judgment comes, the justice that is meted is salvation. I am glad that I am not the judge…I am blessed that I am not the judge, actually. God who does all things right and in good time will one day judge all the wicked, and I don’t have to be concerned that people are getting away with being evil. One day….
I want to be one pursuing a virtuous heart and helping others to see the road to discipline, the road to eternal life. The “how long” is up to God and I trust Him. I hope that you do, too.