Shophet the Judge

The bruising on my affected foot has been diminishing throughout the past week. Over the weekend, it improved so much that I abandoned the borrowed walker and started moving around the house again, aided by a cane.

Like Habakkuk, perhaps you have said, “Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance?” Habakkuk 1:3 To quote the book introduction of my Scofield Reference Bible, “The prophet was perplexed over God’s permission of evil in Judah, and even more so over God’s use of Babylon as the rod of correction for His people.” Yep, sounds like it could be a Christian commentator today.

Everywhere you look, iniquity abounds. The Church is ridiculed; our freedoms dwindling. Where is God in all this? Why doesn’t He act?

On the other hand, iniquity abounds in the Church. You ask for mercy, but is mercy what’s really needed? How many good parents neglect their child by refusing to instruct or correct him? Yet people ask God to get a fine rescinded when they committed the offense. How often does anyone learn a lesson when they do not bear the weight of the consequence of their actions? I’ve had Christians ask for prayer to get a person out of jail when the sentence is rightly deserved. Peter observed (1 Peter 4:18) the ungodly behavior of God’s children. How much worse can be expected of those outside of His kingdom!

…Shall not the Judge of all earth do right? Genesis 18:25b

Absolutely! He is the only one capable of pure, objective justice. The Omniscient Judge waited for us and is still waiting for us. It’s not His will that any should perish. 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. Nahum 1:3a

Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, much more, the wicked and the sinner. Proverbs 11:31


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