There is a common misnomer in today’s world that judgment is a bad thing. But true righteous judgment, the judgment between you and God needs to be sought out. It is a key to life and happiness!
“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing” (Jeremiah 10:23-24).
What is not within man? The way, God’s way, His perfect plan of salvation and righteousness is not within us. Maturation of our being is evidenced when we realize that in fact that the way, the truth and the life is not in us. We must first realize our condition of depravity and lack of understanding. We must have knowledge and awareness of God and understand that He is life. Then we must make a conscious and willful acceptance of Him and His way.
True acceptance of God comes with the acceptance of His way. To accept God but try to continue on in your own hearts desires is attempting to make the relationship conditional. Righteousness is not conditional. There is only one way to God and that is through His son Jesus Christ. Man cannot direct his own steps or forge his own way or create his own set of rules in his way to God. Deviation from God’s way is only done by a deviant and only leads to Hell, not Heaven.
The child of God’s constant desire should be, “O Lord, correct me”. The Psalmist knowing that sin separates us from God cried, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
But the desire of so many is to escape the judgment of God. In our present life people will hide from the very thing that will save them, God and His righteousness. The judgment of God is nothing more than His characteristics superimposed on us. Whatever does not run consistent with God is sin. This judgment is not punishment but a course correction.
Jeremiah prays to God “not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing”. He knows that if God gave us what we deserved that we would all perish.
Only by the God’s love and mercy are we saved. Sin cannot enter into the kingdom of Heaven. God judges us out of love and mercy to correct us, to keep us in the way, the way of righteousness.
Don’t run from the judgment of God, run to it! It is life!
“We cannot pray in faith that we may never be corrected, while we are conscious to ourselves that we need correction and deserve it, and know that as many as God loves he chastens. The great thing we should dread in affliction is the wrath of God. Say not, Lord, do not correct me, but, Lord, do not correct me in anger; for that will infuse wormwood and gall into the affliction and misery that will bring us to nothing. We may bear the smart of his rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath” (Matthew Henry).
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