Thursday – November 7, 2023

Nehemiah 4-6; Psalm 98; Revelation 6

By Becky Hill Martin

Psalm 98:9
“…for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.”

The word “judge” has a bad reputation. The list of things I don’t want to be judged on is endless. Nobody wants to be judged on their appearance, finances, life choices and… like I said the list is endless. I can count on my fingers the times I want to be judged. I mean, I wouldn’t mind being judged as the winner of a baking contest, as the person who’s earned the promotion, as the recipient of $1M, as a leader, as a success – and so on.

On the other hand, Christians aren’t supposed to judge other people (unless we’re judging the baking contest, awarding the promotion or the $1M). When we judge, we tend to look for our faults in others with the hope that they won’t see our inadequacies.

God is the only One who can judge. This still sounds ominous because we know that, as sinners, we deserve the justice of God – the judgment of God for our sin. Our God isn’t a Judge Judy or a Judge Mathis. He loves us and made the ultimate sacrifice – He sent His son down to us to save us from the judgment we deserve.

Lord Jesus, thank you. Thank you for coming to save us from our sins. Jesus, thank you for taking the just payment we deserve for our sins on yourself. As we celebrate your coming here at Christmas, we anticipate your return. We pray these things in your name. Amen.