Judgement in the House

October 28, 2015

Jeremiah 14:7-10
Although our sins testify against us, O LORD, do something for the sake of your name. For our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you. 8 O Hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night? 9 Why are you like a man taken by surprise,
like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, O LORD, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!
10 This is what the LORD says about this people: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the LORD does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.”

Judgement in the House

Why does the Lord not hear us when we call? Why does His ears seem deaf when we cry out in our distress? How many times has the Holy Spirit tried to speak into our hearts, but we ignored Him, tuned Him out and went about our own ways?
God is so longsuffering with us, patient and kind. He often does not reward us according to what we deserve. There comes a time when He will be ignored no longer, nor will He forever tolerate our sinful ways and rebellious hearts. Finally the judgement of God is come and justice is served. We are now bewildered by why God won’t hear our prayers, deliver us and meet our needs.
Whether we comprehend it or not, all of God’s ways are just and true. Even in the severity and judgement of the All Mighty it is tempered in His love. When we fail to correct our course, we get so far off of course that God has to make a severe course adjustment. For many of us that is enduring a significant life-changing event. 1 Corinthians 11:31 exhorts us, “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” Judgement of God for us is not His condemnation, but His correction, so that we will not be condemned with the wickedness of the world.
Often we are comparing ourselves with the world and we are making judgements upon the lost and those outside the body of Christ, but God wants us to be concerned about judging our own house. We do not live by the standards of the world, but by the standards of God’s Word. That standard should not be a law that robs from us in it’s restraints, but rather brings us into the light of the blessing we have as we walk by the Spirit and not after the flesh. God is not trying to rob us from joy in this life, but is giving us vision and comprehension to lay hold of the love, joy and peace of His kingdom while we still abide upon this earth. God holds us to higher standard because He is our righteousness and we are to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. So then judgement begins first with us, discerning and searching our heart for any unclean way. It comes from repentance and a turning away from our sins by His grace and the power of His life in us. Now if unrighteousness and sin is blatantly taking place before us and we are aware of it, we, as the body of Christ, have a responsibility to judge, correct and discipline for it. Otherwise defilement spreads to the rest of the body. 1 Corinthians 5:12 says, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”” Judgement is to maintain purity and righteousness within the body. God’s corrections humble us and remind us of whom we are without Him.
King Hezekiah was a righteous king who loved and served the Lord, but he was stricken in feet with boils even unto death. Isaiah, the prophet came to him and told him he was going to die. Isaiah 38:2-3 says, “Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.” “The prayers of a righteous man availeth much.” In an excerpt from the writings of Hezekiah after his illness and recovery he writes, “I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove.
My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!”
But what can I say? He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.
I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.
Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too.
You restored me to health and let me live.
Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.
In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.”
God became more real and personal in Hezekiah’s affliction and eventual healing than He probably had been in any other time in his life. When we have been disciplined, corrected and restored by the hand of Lord, it works a humility and reverential fear of the Lord we don’t soon forget.
If we experience God’s correction it is a good thing that restores us in righteousness. It is not pleasant, but painful at the time; yet it works the peaceable fruits of righteousness. Much of our pain and estrangement from God can be avoided as we judge, discern and align our hearts in obedience to His will and His Word. It is better to judge ourselves than to be judged.

Blessings,
#kent

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