Prayer for the day
Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations and his wonders among all peoples. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; he is more to be feared than all gods.
Scripture for the day
It’s a contentious issue, judgment. People say that it’s not right for us to judge, that only God can judge us, yet at the same time, live as though God will not. We often deceive ourselves, believing that because we are not nearly as bad as him, or as bad as her, that we will not receive judgment. We believe ourselves worse than him or worse than her, and so we will be judged more harshly.
In the end with both of these, we forget that the judgment of God is better than our own judgment, and that God will judge justly what we deserve. The prophet Zechariah is shown both the justice and the mercy of God when God describes how he will treat the people of God from then on. Instead of dealing always harshly with them, he will take them under his wing again. This treatment is based on his desire that they would “administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”
God’s justice is clearly seen in his judgment of the peoples in the book of Revelation as well. Christ the coming conqueror has a sword coming out of his mouth, a sword that will strike down those who have rebelled, those who have struggled against him, and he will do this not with sin, but with justice. The judgments of God are based on God’s knowledge of our whole lives, not just what we think of ourselves.
May we live, then, according to his desire.