There have been some things happening around the world that have been getting me riled up. Evil is rearing its ugly head and it’s hard not to get upset and want to react violently. I know that it has a lot to do with the fact that I just taught in 1 Thessalonians 4 how “Lord is the avenger” of all those who are defrauded by others. My faith is being challenged because I don’t necessarily want to wait for Him to exact justice on those that I feel need immediately — and that it needs to happen slowly and painfully.
I believe that the Bible reveals that it’s ok to think this way for a time. God has often revealed His righteous indignation towards the sin of humanity. But it is here that we must always remember that only He is able to judge righteously. And while our country has so much hatred being displayed now, only the Lord has the ability and right to truthfully judge. As followers of Jesus we must take heart in this: that He will ultimately, in His perfect timing, righteously judge the inhabitants of this world as Scripture tells us in so many places. Here is one of them:
“Therefore wait ye upon Me,” saith the Lord, “until the day that I rise up to the prey; for My determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them Mine indignation, even all My fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.” ~ Zephaniah 3:8 KJV
Until this day, we have our marching orders: to love God and to love one another; always remembering that we who know Him have this great treasure because of grace. Without that, we too would still be objects deserving His wrath.
God bless us all as we seek to do His will today and always!
Chaplain Chaz Yandall