“It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.”
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. (NIV)
Following the Rules
It is very easy to not fear a judge if you are obeying all the rules and living a consistent lifestyle.
It should be common sense that to avoid trouble, do not break the rules! Be nice to people!
How hard can that really be? We even expect children to behave and treat others with respect!
We have made it hard in our world. We see evil being committed and tend to live by the mantra of “an eye for an eye” (Exodus 21, Leviticus 24). We want to get even!
As a world, there is certainly an increase in people who want to live better. The new (and old) mantra is that we can be nice to each other.
The dangerous consequence of this increase in being nice to others is that many people think that doing enough good to others will get them into heaven.
However, according to God’s justice, we can never earn our way into heaven, because one blemish on our record is enough to keep us out. It took God coming to cleanse us of our sin for us to be seen as innocent and righteous. God helps us believe through the Holy Spirit that His Son, Jesus, lived a perfect life, died for the forgiveness of our sins, and rose back to life.
When Jesus returns to the world, He will enact His justice on this world. Without His forgiveness in our lives, we are still seen as “workers of iniquity” and evil. All that will be found in that day is terror and destruction.
With the Holy Spirit leading us in all righteousness, we will find joy in that Day!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your justice. Thank You for Your grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Help us to live in Your justice and grace, that we may be found righteous in Your sight!