“All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.” ~2Thessalonians 1:5-10 NIV
There is much in this passage to be mulled over; however, the message that we need to take from it is that GOD IS JUST. Not just sometimes, not just most of the time, but all of the time. His judgements are based upon His ability to view the past, the present, and see all the way into the future of mankind and thereby determine that His judgement on any particular act is just and proper based upon morally sufficient reasons. God does not make heat of the moment decisions, they are morally sound and proper decisions. Those who have been judged guilty in His eyes we so done due to the fact that the evil needed to be punished and that NOW was the time. Those who are not judged guilty were so done due to sufficient reasons and future events that either they were to play a part, or a decision they were to make; thereby, turning their life over to Christ.
God sees all things from beginning to end as one all encompassing picture, much like a panoramic view photograph. The only difference is that this picture has every detail written in place. In comparison, we can see a snapshot of something but we, being deletion creatures, pay no attention to specific things within the content. Although, we do spend much of our energy on very specific aspects of any particular photograph. God sees it all, takes it all in, and measures everything with respect to its representative perspective, or the point of view.
In other words: God sees us how we are, right now. God sees us how we were in our past. God sees us how we will be in our future. Knowing full well what decisions we will make. Knowing what paths we will take. He sees all our right turns and wrong turns. He is with us every step of the way. He communicates with us through the words in the Bible, through the Holy Spirit which was accepted by each of us when we turned our lives over to Christ and received our salvation.
Our faith in His judgement and His decisions is constantly under fire. We are always filled with doubts and are asking questions of ourselves which can only increase our doubt and lessen our faith; again, thereby, turning us from our confidence in God’s ability to do just what needs to be done despite what we think! We must possess such a faith that if we receive what we ask we should feel ultimately blessed. On the other hand, if we do not receive what we desire…we should also feel blessed because God is either saying, “NO!” or He is saying, “Not yet, my child!”
We are ever filled with high hopes and beliefs of wealth, carefree lives, and living a fairy tale. Guess what? Without meaning to burst your bubbles, we were promised a blessed life if we obey. But we were also promised troubles and turmoil throughout our lives.
“Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.” ~Job 14:1-2
Let’s face, none of us are perfect; and hence, we have not honestly obeyed God and His commandments! On the other hand, if we changed our faith and belief in God to be perfect and just, then our perspective on all these things will change, as well. We would be able to see these things that happen to us as they should be and are…God’s perfect and just decision. Nothing is wrong, it simply is as it should be…HIS WAY!
Just because things are not going our way, the way we believe it should be – does not mean we are out of God’s will. Even when we are getting everything we want, this also does not prove we are in God’s will. Sometimes we are tested to see if we will fall down and get back up again. There are those other times where we are given comfort and temporal success to keep us from truly seeking God’s will. I am presently reading Billy Graham’s book “THE JOURNEY” in which he stated:
“The Holy Spirit has been given to help us become more like Christ. We cannot become more like Christ on our own; we need God’s help. And He has given us His help by sending us His Holy Spirit.”
Being a follower of Christ is not for wimps or the faint of heart, it is for those who are strong in spirit and faith! When you have any doubts about God’s will for you…You, and I, are to be more like Christ Jesus! Will you fail? If you are like me…YES, you will! But you need to get back up and dust yourself off and start at it again. Much like your career at walking. When you fell, you got back up and tried it again and again until you finally did it correctly. Then you learned to perfect it by placing your own twist on it. That same mindset was carried on into other aspect of your life: Riding a bike, talking, your physical prowess in sports, etc. This is that Spirit…of workmanship which God has blessed you with!
The only way to emulate Christ is to focus on Christ, His teachings, His interactions, and how He acted among us. This is what we need to cast our eyes on, the goal we should seek, and it should be our understood expectation for God’s will in our lives. Just think…with more of Christ in our lives there may be less war, crime, etc. occurring in this world…just a thought! Also, consider the fact that God will judge everyone who has treated you shamefully and that you responded to them in kindness and out of love. Trust and believe that God will take care of all these things. This is but another facet of our focus and faith!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD