Justice – (2 Thessalonians 1:8)

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus – (2 Thessalonians 1:8).

“Why does evil go unpunished and those who do such things seem to prosper?”. It is a question often asked. One that springs from the envy in our hearts – rather than love or mercy.

In Psalm 73 the author is honest enough to admit such. “For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (vs. 73:3). Viewing those around him, he witnesses prosperity,  pride,  healthy and fit individuals, yet he senses uncaring, callous hearts. They only really care for themselves.

The Psalmist even questions his own integrity. Why bother remaining pure of heart (vs. 73:13)? He then starts to analyse. He employs critical thought to understand what God is doing – thus comprehending the big picture. He realises one day, this patient God, is going to judge everyone. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10).

Caught between hammer and anvil

Eventually the Psalmist answers his own question – “Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you” (vs. 73:27). The Apostle Paul also knew this. Those that do not know God or disobey the message of his Son are headed for punishment. Not reward. Not blessing.

The Lord is a God of justice (Isaiah 30:18). Those that deny Him or disobey His Son, who seek themselves and do no earthly good? They will appear before His throne.

On the day of judgement they will be unable to even stand. (Psalm 1:1, 5).