God’s Judgement Is Upon Us
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
let the nations know they are only mortal.
God is just, and He will not allow a nation to continue in iniquity without bringing judgement in a swift manner. Throughout all time, God has judged nations and eventually destroyed them when they refused to repent. No nation or kingdom has gone on forever without being judged by God.
In just a short period of time, less than two and a half centuries, the United States of America is being judged. Since God is the one who judges, He first sends warnings to the nations to repent. Jonah was sent to Nineveh. The prophets were sent to Israel. God has been faithful in giving the nations the opportunity to repent. And when they do not, He begins to throw warning shots across their bows.
For the United States, there were two World Trade Center bombings. The first failed, and the second succeeded. The people in the US, after the second bombing, filled churches seeking God, for God had put terror into their hearts. They began to seek God. But like Nineveh, the people very quickly abandoned their fear when God relented, and went right back to what they were doing.
Solomon was right when he declared that there was nothing new under the sun. People behave the same today as they did thousands of years ago. Millennia of experience is lost upon us because of the curse of sin. And even with the full and complete revelation of God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ, people still turn a blind eye to what they have been shown. The hearts of men easily forget, and need to be reminded that God is holy.
God sends us reminders that we are only mortal. Our perception of time lures us into a false understanding of our mortality. It is only when we are faced with death, or watch another face it, that we begin to contemplate our own mortality. So God gives us reminders that we are but a wisp of smoke, a vapor that is here today and gone tomorrow. We are only promised today. We need to remember that at any time, God may demand an accounting of our lives and bring us home to Him. That is why it is all the more important as time grows short that we yield ourselves to His Spirit so that we may be found doing what the master has commanded us to do. Let us walk by faith and not sight, for the just shall live by faith.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I walking by faith in the path that God has chosen for me?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, I thank You for the many reminders to provide in Your Word that You are holy and are to be feared and revered. Father, help me to honor you in all that I think, say, and do, that others would praise Your holy name. I seek to walk with You, and greatly desire to do Your will. Regardless of how other behave, remember me in my walk that You would be glorified. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.