Sunday, November 30, 2014

Now or Later or Both?

It’s really rather plain: the “righteous” will receive rewards while living. It’s also plain that the sinner and the wicked will receive “much more repayment” for their life style.

While not stated, it is obvious that someone will pass judgment on both, and both will be compensated for what they have done or not done and how they have lived. And the “judge” will “compensate” both of them.

While in court recently, I was careful to watch the proceedings and the actions of the judge. To some he said, “Your behavior has surprised me and I’m going to reduce your sentence as a reward.” To others he said, “You have broken the law once again. Therefore, your parole is revoked and you are going back to prison.”

Judges have power to sanction those who are under their control or jurisdiction. A sanction can be a reward for exceeding expectations or requirements. Or a sanction may be given as punishment for disobeying or breaking the law or regulations.

Some look at the Proverbs as being too simplistic or too good to be true. For example, “If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner.”

Take note of “on earth.” This is a bold statement that God is active - here and now - in rewarding or punishing - everyone - righteous or wicked. Also, these sanctions are both positive and negative. Finally, rewards from God will be handled judiciously - today and in the future!

Prayer:  Father, help us to realize that You, our Judge, are watching us constantly. May our lives please You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 11:31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

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