A Stampede of Judgment

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You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.—James 5:6

Truly righteous men are patient in suffering. Case in point—Jesus Christ.

But fellas, I have to admit, there are moments when I experience acts of condemnation by others that something wells up in me. This thing within me is not good and not righteous. Therefore I am ready with a defensive response—ready to rise up. Yet James, in his day, watched as his people experienced oppression, and even murder, by the hands of oppressors. Many of the oppressed resisted not these evil acts—they were like "a lamb that is led to the slaughter."

So today, you may encounter an oppressor. It could be right for you to speak out and stand up and do this righteously. But there is a second possibility—that God may want you to resist not the wrongdoer. But either way, know this—God's judgment is coming! It's coming like a stampede that will not be stopped and his righteousness will win out over every act of unrighteousness you have endured.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers are silent, so he opened not his mouth.—Isaiah 53:7

ASK THIS: What's right for you to do today—resist or resist not?

DO THIS: Act rightly with the sight of God's pending judgment.

PRAY THIS: God, may my thoughts, speech, and action reflect your righteousness in light of your judgment.

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