The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice. Psalm 50:1-6 (NIV)
God will not be silent. Why do we think He is silent at times? Do we lose sight of Him in the darkness of all the evil that threatens to prevail in this world? Does His voice get drowned out in the vapid soundbites and machinery of modern life?
Judgment is always a squirmy topic, especially if we examine our hearts fully and truthfully. Even though we fall short and fail regularly, God’s judgment is always in our favor. For Jesus’ sake He has mercy on us and forgives us and redeems us. That isn’t to say that His judgment is always fair. In the name of fairness we are all law-breakers and have earned the penalty of eternal death.
Our hearts cry out when we see the injustice of this world. Things happen that should not be allowed to happen- war, famine, death, decay, sorrow, loss- the list is long. It’s easy to get angry and become disillusioned and wonder where God is in all of it.
Jesus came to earth as the one perfect sacrifice for all, but He also came to show us how to live, and to empower us to be His instruments here on earth.
If we aren’t hearing God, is it because our voices are silent? Do we affirm the goodness of God with our speech and conduct?
If we aren’t seeing God, is it because we aren’t reflecting Him in our actions?
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:12-14 (NIV)
Jesus is the New Covenant. We as Jesus followers are the consecrated people He lives in and through. There is a popular “new age” saying out there that states one should “Be the change you want to see.” We should strive to follow Jesus’ example. We should want to live in a way that makes God known in the world.
Mercy and judgment may seem to be mutually exclusive. However, by God’s mercy in Christ we are not judged according to what we have earned, but we are given grace instead.
Are we merciful and gracious to others? Are we becoming the change we want to see?
God is speaking. Are we listening?