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"And I heard another from the altar saying, 'Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments.'" -Revelation 16:7
As God's judgment is poured out upon the earth, people will say, "What kind of loving Father would punish people like that?" even while their last cynical question hangs on their lips, "Why would a loving God let bad things happen to good people?" This is the reconciliation of those two thoughts. A Father who has seen His kids abused and murdered brings forth the fullness of His wrath; and God's wrath is devoid of evil. God's judgment is true and righteous in its application and execution. This complete judgment, poured out upon humanity, and witnessed in Revelation, is the recompense for ages of crime patiently endured by our Father. As the psalmist writes, "But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand."* Lord, help us to understand that while our judgment and wrath are often vindictive and ugly, Your judgment and wrath remains true and righteous.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.