Psalms 7:11, “God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.”

Judge comes from the Hebrew: shâphaṭ, shaw-fat’; a primitive root; to judge, i.e. pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication, to vindicate or punish; by extenssion, to govern; passively, to litigate (literally or figuratively):— avenge, that condemn, contend, defend, execute (judgment), (be a) judge(-ment), needs, plead, reason, rule.  God is all of this and more in that He is our perfect judge.

God is a just judge.  He is not like a judge on this earth that can be influenced by outside forces or bought off.  He is without sin so His judgements are fair and His judgements are final.  God, when we die, will be there to execute a verdict on our lives based on how we lived and what choices we make.

One factor that will affect God’s judgement is Jesus.  When Jesus enters a person’s life, the judgement at the end of life changes.  All the sin and all the evil that a man has done is erased by the shed blood of Jesus.  Jesus’s salvation changes how God views us.  Without Jesus, the judgment is completely different.  Without Jesus, God becomes something that He does not want to be.

God becomes angry with the wicked.  The wicked that refuse Jesus and the salvation that He offers.  The evil that want to continue to live in sin when there is a soultion available.  Evil when good can be given.  God becomes angry when His creation will not turn to Him.  Will not want to be with Him in eternity.  This is not outside of God’s understanding.  It just makes Him sad.

God wants the best for us.  He does not want to punish us or send us to Hell.  He would like it if He never had to send anyone there.  Free will that God gave forces Him to make that decision.  Free will can be the downfall of man and has been on many an occassion. Free will can be a good thing as well.  Free will allows man to choose to serve God and accept the salvation of Jesus.  Free will can be good or bad.  It is man’s choice.

Before it is too late, we must look at our own lives.  We must look to see how we are living.  Are we living for God or against God?  Are we living for this world or for eternity?  Before we go before God, we must make sure we know where we are going.  If you wait until You are before the Judge, it is too late.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You are our judge.  Even when we feel like You are not fair, we should take comfort that You are.  You are our Father and our friend.  You only want what is best for us.  We need You and love You so much.  Thank You that we can be confident that we will be with You after death because of what Your Son did on the cross.  We are so grateful for the salvation that is offered.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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