Tuesday, October 18, 2011

God Judges the Earth!

 6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
 7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
 8As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
 9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
 10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
 11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. 

God Judges the Earth!
Psalm 58 certainly does not seem like a very loving Psalm, does it? Where is the love and compassion we are to show for the wicked? We must be very careful that we do not entertain such sentiments, for it shows our lack of understanding the reality of life! God judges the earth, and for that we must be extremely glad!

It is easy to become so involved with life as we know it that we forget the reality of life. Truly, the world as we know it, is a battle between the forces of good and evil--the forces of Satan and the forces of God. It is easy to forget this when we are taking a walk in the lovely fall weather, and the colorful leaves are swirling around us.

Most people, if they even believe in God, see Him as One who maybe created this world, but if He really is the Creator, He washed His hands of the world when His work was done. What happens will happen. C'est la vie!

Is that the picture the Bible paints of our world? No, it is not! From the beginning of the Old Testament through the book of Revelation, we see a world in which God takes an active part in the lives of His people. Nothing happens by chance; nothing thwarts His will. The enemies of God are used as tools by Satan to destroy and corrupt this world, and he seems to be doing quite well!

Yet Satan knows what most men do not: Satan is already defeated. He cannot win this war, but that will not keep him from trying! He is undaunted by Christians; if he cannot keep someone from becoming a believer, he will discredit them or discourage them so that their life is a weak testimony, at best, of the grace of God.

It is time that we, as Christians, wake from our stupor and take an active part in this great battle between good and evil. God has bestowed upon each one of us gifts and abilities that we are to be using to advance His kingdom on this earth. Christians are the salt of the earth; by God's grace let us not be salt that has lost its savor, or its preservative qualities.

While it is true that we are to love our enemies and pray for those who despitefully use us, it is also true that we should not be naive! When we observe life around us, personally and world-wide, we should rejoice when we see the enemies of God defeated. We must never forget that God judges the earth, and His judgment is righteous and true!

God Bless You,
Linda



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