Last night, I was reading Luke (my plan is to get through Luke-Acts as they are both written by Dr. Luke, a friend of the apostle Paul) and my commentary brought me to the latter chapter Matthew 12.

The Reassurance of God’s Plan: Trusting in His Judgment

Matthew 12:36 says, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (ESV)”

Naturally, I wrote a note on my Kindle after contemplating the verse. I wrote, “This is what standing before Yahweh as Judge will be like. Everyone—both spiritually born of Yeshua’s blood and those who rebelled against Him—will stand before the throne of the Lord Most High and give account for everything they’ve ever done or said.

The judgment of Yahweh is not to be feared for those who have trusted in Yeshua, believed in His name, and whose names are found in the Lamb’s Book of Life—though it is to be revered as a serious occurrence. It is a celebration of finally being face-to-face, and then spending eternity, with the One who “became flesh and dwelt among us” and who saved His people from the wrath of God! Praise be to You, Adonai Jehovah (Lord God)! Help me wait patiently for Your return, my God and my King!”

The Hope of Redemption

I think in this modern, fast-paced time we live in, it’s all too easy to be tempted to be pessimistic when viewing all the misfortune and evil in the world, to think that misery and pain are all that exist, and things will never get better. As a child of God with various challenges, I’ve definitely had moments of crying out to God as David did in Psalm 13: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (verse 1).”

We know from Scripture that the Lord will never abandon or forsake us. That He is “a friend that sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24) and is faithful even when we are not. Rest in this, Beloved, that if you belong to God—if you’ve trusted in Him for your salvation—that you will see Him; He is returning to make everything right again, to ease every pain, and to wipe away every tear that falls.

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