Thankful for God’s righteous judgment (II Thessalonians 1)

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering, II Thessalonians 1:5

As I sit here at four Am one question comes to mind, “Is God righteous in His judgement?”  Honestly, this is a fair question.  I am sitting here in my recliner, with a wonderful roof over my head and many luxuries that most of the world never experience.

Who am I that God would bless me so much.  Is God being righteous in allowing me to be born in America and in placing millions in places where each day is a struggle for survival?  I think about the Malawian pastor who will walk miles to his church with a stomach that is hungry.  He will stand to speak to people who are also suffering.  Is God righteous?

As Paul writes to the church we see this church growing (in faith) and increasing (in love).  We also see this church as being “steadfast in love” in the midst of persecution.  Paul wants this church to understand the righteous judgment of God.

Here is a big truth for today: “We look at judgment based only on earthly terms without realizing God is going to judge based on eternal terms.”

This is evidenced in this chapter:

  • We see the fire of God’s righteous judgment.

God will repay those who have afflicted his people, Vs: 6. God will take vengeance on those who reject Him, Vs: 8.  God will sentence such people to eternal destruction, Vs: 9.

  • We see the favor of God’s righteous judgment.

God will grant relief to the afflicted believer, Vs: 7.  God will be glorified by His people when they return, Vs: 10.

Brothers and sisters, when God returns He will judge and His judgment will be righteous.

As I read this chapter I came to understand that God is a righteous judge.  Each of us are born in different places (in the world) with different gifts (things of the world).  Some day God will return to judge us based on what we did with Jesus and He will judge us based upon what we have done with what He has given us.

The question that now comes to my mind is this: How does God’s righteous judgment change my attitude toward life?

“Father I thank you for all your blessings in my life.  This day I realize that my greatest blessing is Jesus.  I understand that you have blessed my life with resources so that I can be a blessing to the world.  This is why I must not waste what I have and this is why I must not hoard what I have.  Father lead me to be a leader in Your church to lead others to be righteous in our deeds before You.  Lead us to get the gospel to all men.”  

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