Judgement. - Ecclesiastes 3:16,17.
January 24, 2023, 8:07 AM

 

There is the Presence of Judgement

Eccl 3: 16,17

“And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment-- wickedness was there, in the place of justice-- wickedness was there. I thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."

Life isn’t fair. People expect governments to make fair judgments when it comes to justice. How often do people leave courtrooms to find that justice was not served? Of course, the same is true at home between siblings, or in school with classmates, at work with employers, or even at church when people feel like something isn’t right and fair about how people are handled or accepted.

Justice, in the true form, is using God's absolutes and perfect standards. The symbol used for justice is a woman wearing a blindfold, meaning she is blind to favoritism. She is also holding a balance so that things are done true to the way they should be. All people, from all economic levels and all nationalities and races, will be judged equally without partiality, but for now, in this world, we know that isn't so.

We have been aware of the reports of racism among police in arrests. Prisoners of color are treated differently for the exact same crime and the exact same offense as white people. We see that when people are able to pay the money for a very good lawyer, justice is not always served. In many countries bribes are considered a way of life. In politics, appointments are granted, not so much on ability to serve, but on how much people pay in work or money for the victor’s campaign.

King Solomon was instructed to be fair and just. Whenever we do not get our own way, we often think things are done unfairly and we are the victims of injustice. We don't always have the objectivity of seeing life through the eyes of the other person.

Solomon wrote, God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be “a time for every activity, a time for every deed". The standards of God are meant to bring us to conviction and confession of wrong doing and plead for mercy before our creator. Instead, society justifies failure as the responsibility of social ills and environment, redefining God's standard.

Acts 17:31 says, "For God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead." Jesus reminds us evil may prevail, only for a time. Then all deeds will be brought into account by a righteous God. There will be no bribery, no expensive lawyers, no loopholes, no misguided judges. Almighty God will not be fooled and will not play the games of men. He knows not only every deed but also the motive behind the deeds.

How about your life? Are you living like you are getting away with sin? Are you ignoring God and His laws?

When we look to Jesus, who paid the price for our sin, that was unfair. Yet He forgives the repentant sinner and mercy is extended by the holy, righteous One.

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