When will it stop? (Job 24; I Corinthians 11; Luke 10)

“Why are not times of judgment kept by the almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days? Job 24:1

Last week the news once again was filled with stories of the evil murders of Christians, this time Egyptian Christians, by ISIS.  It would seem to some that evil is on the rise and the eternal God is asleep at the wheel.

In moments when evil is taking place we find ourselves facing moments of great stress!!!  In our focal text Job is responding to his friends who are maintaining one point, “Job, you are in sin.  God only judges people who are in sin.”  We know for our studies that this view is not correct.  But in context, Job 24, we see the stress in Job’s life as he tries to understand the seemingly silence of God as wickedness goes unpunished.

Think it through:

  • Job describes the wickedness in his day:
    • The poor face daily injustice, Vs: 2-12
    • The wicked sin against God, Vs: 13-17
  • Job describes the seemingly delay of God’s judgment, Vs; 18-24
  • Job declares, “God will judge in his own time, Vs: 23-24

Bottom line, “There will be a day for every evil person to give account for the deeds they have done.”  Here is how the writer of Hebrews describes this, “It is once appointed unto man to die and after death will come the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27

Our response:

You and I must understand, God’s delayed judgment is another testimony of his desire to extend mercy to those who would repent of their sin.  I am so thankful God did not judge me while I was living in darkness.  I am so thankful that God’s judgment of my sin was carried out in Jesus.

Today I want to extend the mercy of God.  When people repent and when people receive the mercy of God, evil stops in its tracks.  Oh that we would see evil stopping in our homes, cities, and world.

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