Given all that we see going on in the world today, there is a lot of talk about “the judgments of God.” Is God judging America? Is an earthquake or a flood a judgment of God? Many are quick to say, “NO!, God judged sin at the Cross, now He is full of mercy and grace.” I, for one, do not agree with that perspective. Yes, God did judge sin at the Cross and we are living in His grace and mercy. It is His mercy, however, that sinful behaviors and wrong thinking be exposed so that we can receive the fullness of His salvation and live in His freedom, rather than bondage. We, humankind in general, are living way below God’s plan for us! Our imaginations are not big enough to grasp what Glory He has prepared for us.
Jesus is the just Judge. He judges sin and provides the treatment by offering us forgiveness, healing, and deliverance through His shed blood. His remedy is perfect and always effective, it never fails if it is received wholeheartedly. Jesus never seeks to condemn the person bound in sin. He gave His life to set each one free, it cost Him everything. He is not angry at the person, but He is grieved by their condition. Righteous judgment is an expression of God’s grace that leads to true honor by removing the sin in one’s life to establish them in wholeness.
Consider the person who visits their doctor because they are not feeling well. The doctor diagnoses cancer as the cause of the person’s illness. This diagnosis is not one the person wants to hear. However, it is an accurate evaluation of the person’s condition and it is treatable. This doctor has effectively “judged” cancer. He has identified it and has a way a fight it. The condition is judged, not the person. The person now has to make a decision how they will proceed.
So it is with sinful behavior. Sin destroys, it deceives, it kills. It is a cancer. Whether it comes in an action or a thought, it has the power to destroy lives. In judging sin, the goal is always to honor the person while seeking to make wrong things right. Judgment seeks to expose the lie, or expose the sin, so that the person can be delivered from it.
The disasters that we see happening in regions and nations, I believe are the beginning of God’s judgments being released in the earth. These are allowed because God wants to get our attention and cause us to see how far we have turned from Him. He will remove everything in our lives that hinders love by removing the props we trust in and the temptation we refuse to resist. In His deep love for us, He uses the least severe means to reach the greatest number of people without violating anyone’s free will.
Our world system is full of corruption, greed, immorality, hatred, pride, selfishness, etc. These things are the opposite of God’s spirit and His plan for His creation. Imagine a world without these things. That is the Kingdom of God. It is full of love, peace, joy, compassion, selflessness, and generosity. God’s judgments are against the world system, not against the people. The people are trapped by the system and God wants to set them free to be part of His Kingdom. The sad part is that people don’t realize they are trapped. They want to hold on to what they know because they haven’t seen or tasted the goodness of God and His Kingdom. Remember that God is not willing that any should perish. “For God so loved the world (people), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
In these last days before Jesus returns, He is seeking all those who will believe in Him. He wants to pull them out of destructive behaviors, sinful lifestyles, and wrong paradigms and show them His salvation. He is after the hearts of the people in the world, masses of them. Therefore, he releases judgments that will reach great numbers of people and shake them from their slumber. If you were sleeping in a burning house, would you be angry at the person who woke you up to rescue you? Let us not be offended and turn against God when we see bad things happening around us. Instead, let us run to Him, confess our great need and believe that He is our wholeness and our joy. In the disasters, in the famines, in the chaos, God always provides safety and sustenance for His people. He takes care of those who belong to Him. He is our Dad. Do not be afraid to come to Him in humility and brokenness and receive His Love. It’s waiting for YOU!