Ezekiel 25:17 “And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.”
Some might think it an oxymoron to place such a passage under a heading “Sunday Soothings.” But, to know my Lord is not only a lover of my soul, Giver of mercy, grace, peace, and forgiveness; but, also the Great and Mighty, and Eternal Judge gives comfort to my soul.
For my God to be Judge as well as Savior settles me. I do not have to come to a jury of my peers to convince them of my righteousness. I can come with all my sin and guilt to the One who not only drew the line in the sand which I crossed; but, provided the free gift for me to receive to be redeemed and brought back over the very line He drew!
As an unsaved, lost soul, I feared the wrath and judgment of God. Now, knowing I have made peace with God, His wrath and punishment are no longer the sources of my fear.
Romans 8:1-2 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
I am free from the condemnation that comes from taking full responsibility for my own sin. Now, having been placed in Christ, I am seen as righteous, holy, perfect; without spot or blemish. The propitiation provided me as a child of God cannot and should not be taken lightly!
We, who are the children of God, should genuinely embrace who we are in Christ. Having settled it in our hearts, we can face the cruelest of persecution with a calmness the world will never understand.
No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord today, you have been given breath for another period to make a difference; to draw closer to the Savior, to accomplish more of God’s will for your life. Far too many have taken a cue from the world and made the weekend, let alone the sacredness of the Lord’s day to be used for rest, recreation, and amusement.
May today be a time to focus on spiritual matters; the condition of our soul, the meditation of our hearts, and the work of the ministry we have been given to do. Time is short. Soon, the trumpet will sound, and we which are alive and remain will have no more time left to do what we felt we had time to accomplish.
Be that witness. Make peace with your neighbor. Pray like you said you would. Read the Bible through. Be more faithful to your church. Start that ministry. Talk to your coworkers. Confront that unsaved family member.
It will all be over before you know it.