by Ray Harmer
“For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth” (Ge. 7:4). God has judged. Everyone of us will be judged by Him one day; the redeemed for what they did (or not) with their talents for God and the lost for their unbelief in a loving Saviour. All can say what they want regarding the final judgment. Whether one chooses to believe it, or not, doesn’t change the fact one bit. As someone lightly said, regarding man’s eternal residence, it will be in one of two sections-smoking or non smoking. Heaven or hell. Hopefully we would be more tactful to describe eternity, but sometimes you have to be blunt. Were it not for bluntness, I would still be in the “world” mocking God.
I always felt that no matter what I did, I would answer for it someday. There would be the momentary pleasure and fun of sin, but if you want to dance you have to pay the band. In essence, if I continued in this lifestyle I would answer for it all come judgment day! Praise His Name that the Holy Spirit gave me the wherewithal to heed God’s warning and accept Jesus as my Saviour. I shudder to think where my life of debauchery took me. But I knew it was of my own volition. The devil did not make me do it.
If any comfort in this fact, it would be that God is a righteous judge. We all will get what we deserve; nothing more or less. The punishment will fit the crime. Unlike human judgment, Jesus says, “ And yet if I judge, my judgment is true…” (Joh.8:16). Man cannot meet out justice fairly. There is always something that interferes with total justice; whether corruption, partiality, ecetera ecetera. Simply put, a sinner cannot judge another sinner fairly. “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Mat. 7:3).
Despite society’s attempts at justice, mistakes are made. Even the best intended judge makes errors. Only God can clearly see. An example of wrongful judgment is the case of Stephen. After a Spirit-led message they decided, “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth” (Acts 7:54). I have been called a few choice words and have been threatened, but nobody ever tried to bite me (humanly speaking)! Lastly, is the quintessential misjudgment; that of our dear Saviour. “But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him (Joh 19:15). For what? Preaching God’s plan to save us from ourselves. It cost Jesus His life and will ours for eternity if we don’t reconcile. It’s getting late.