Today's Devotion (Wednesday)

Judge Of All

ISAIAH 26:12-21

Key Verse:

"For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain" (Isaiah 26:21).

John Bunyan, the author of the Pilgrims’ Progress, stated: "This rushing world has a time to stand; which time when ended, judgment shall be issued out of hand upon all sorts of men. The Judge we find, in God’s record: the Son of man. For He by God’s appointment is made Lord and Judge of all that be. Before this Judge, no one shall shroud himself under pretence of knowledge, which hath made him proud, nor seeming penitence. No high profession here can stand, unless sincerity hath been therewith commixed and brought forth simplicity. No mask nor visor here can hide the heart that rotten is, all clock now must be laid aside, no sinner must have bliss". In the Bible, you will find that many people were judged and punished by God for their transgressions. The first man and woman were judged for their disobedience. Cain was judged for his wickedness. All those who refused to repent in the time of Noah were judged, so also the sinful people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Even the children of Israel were not spared judgement when they sinned in the wilderness. The Scriptures describes God as the Almighty Creator, loving Father and merciful Redeemer; but He is also described as the all-knowing Judge. He watches our thoughts, words and actions (in secret and in the open) to see if they conform to His laid-down precepts of righteousness and holy living. And anyone who chooses to disregard His commandments will certainly be judged (Acts 17:30,31). Perhaps, the picture of your present life is not too different from that of Israel, who had forsaken the true God to follow after dead gods. Remember that God is angry with the wicked (sinners) every day. Be wise. It is now that you can determine whether you will be judged unto condemnation by the Righteous Judge, or whether you will be eternally rewarded.

Thought for the day: God is merciful; but He is also a consuming fire.

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