Sunday, December 31

True and just

Scripture: Revelation 19-22

Revelation 19:1-2 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a large crowd of people in heaven, saying, “Praise God! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God! True and just are his judgements! He has condemned the prostitute who was corrupting the earth with her immorality. God has punished her because she killed his servants.”

Observation

“After this…” After the fall of Babylon, heaven erupts in praise.  “Praise God! …True and just are his judgments!”  It may seem odd to us to praise God when people have just been judged and punished.  But notice the reason behind the praise: God’s judgments are true and just.  Babylon got what she deserved—there was nothing false or unfair or unjust about God’s judgment.

That will always be true.  God’s judgments will always be true and just.

I’m often asked about murky situations.  For example: “What will God do with those who have never had a fair chance to hear the gospel?”  It seems unfair that God would send them to hell without a chance to hear and respond.  The one thing I know: God will never be unfair, unjust or untrue.  His judgments will always be true and just.  You can trust Him to do the right thing.

Application

This gives me confidence, not only for eternity, but for the present.  When things happen that I don’t understand, I can trust a God who is just, true, merciful and gracious.

Prayer: Lord there is so much I don’t understand and can’t explain.  But I trust that behind it all, there is a God whose judgments are true and just.