Nineteen

AS A GOD OF JUDGMENT

Isa 26:8-9: Yea, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, have I waited for You; the desire of my soul is to Your Name, and to the remembrance of You. With my soul have I desired You in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek You early: for when Your judgments are in the Earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Isa 30:18: The LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him.

God is both a God of Mercy and a God of judgment; His mercy saves the sinner…not in spite of, but by means of, the very judgment that came upon his sin. If I am honest in my longings for holiness, in my prayer to be wholly the Lord’s, His Holy Presence will stir up and discover hidden sin within me, and bring me very low in the bitter conviction of the evil of my nature, its opposition to God’s Law, its impotence to fulfill that Law. The words will come true, “Who may abide the Day of His coming, for He is like a refiners fire.” In great mercy God executes within my soul His judgments upon sin, as He makes it feel its wickedness and guilt. Many a one tries to flee from these judgments. The soul that longs for God, and for deliverance from sin, bows under them in humility and in hope. In silence of soul, I cry out to my God, “Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered! In the way of Thy judgments I have waited for Thee.”

In the depths of my soul, I need only submit and sink down under the judgment of my every sin: judgment prepares the way, and breaks out in wonderful mercy. I am not to despair because unconquered sins, or evil thoughts, or great darkness appear to hide God’s face. It is written, “Thou shall be redeemed with judgment.” I am to wait on God, in the faith that His tender mercy is working out in me His redemption in the midst of judgment; I am to wait for Him, for He will be gracious to me.

We also are expecting God, in the way of His judgments, to visit this Earth in all of His awesome Majesty and Glory and Power; we are waiting for Him. We know that there are tens of thousands of our professing Christians who live on in carelessness. O, shall I not do my utmost to warn them, to plead with and for them, if God may have mercy on them! If I feel my want of boldness, want of zeal, want of power, shall I not begin to wait on God more definitely and persistently as a God of judgment, asking Him to reveal Himself in the judgments that are coming upon our very friends, that I may be inspired with a new awe-filled regard for Him, with the utmost reverence and respect, and a holy fear for them, and constrained to speak and pray as never yet. Waiting on God is not meant to be a spiritual self-indulgence. Its object is to let God and His holiness, Christ and the love that died on Calvary, the Spirit and fire that burns in Heaven and came to Earth, get possession of me, to warn and rouse men with the message that we are waiting for God in the way of His judgments.

This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do.  My soul, wait thou only upon God!

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