Today’s AMI QT is provided by David Kwon from Journey Community Church.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
Seeing God as Judge
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
When I was in college, I had to go to court because of a traffic violation. It is the first and only time I have ever been in a courtroom as a defendant (I have gone as a jury though). I was hoping to get my ticket reduced or even waived by showing up and pleading my case. As I stood before the judge, I realized that he had all the power to determine the fate of my ticket. I did eventually get the ticket waived, but it was interesting to see how different people who went ahead of me pleaded their cases for a favorable judgment.
When we think about the character of God, we often do not think of God as a judge. Or maybe we don’t want to think about it. We love thinking and talking about the love, grace, and mercy of God—which is very important to our faith—but we must also remember that God is the ultimate judge. Because He is the ultimate judge, it ought to change the way we live and behave on a daily basis.
In today’s passage, the Lord sends a flood that would cover the entire earth and destroy everything in it because he saw the wickedness of man (Genesis 6:5). Because of man’s great sin and rebellion, God promises to send judgment. Our God is a God of patience and mercy, but He is also a God of judgment that is real and just. What does this mean for us? I want to give us two short application points:
- We will give an account – The apostle Paul writes in 2 Cor. 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” It means that we are called to live righteously and blamelessly as believers because we will have to give an account for our lives.
- Praying for those who do not know Christ – Because all will be judged, we should also have urgency and pray for those who do not know Christ. We are called to be fervent in sharing the Good News of Christ until the day He comes back.
How has the reality of God’s judgment affected your life? Pray this morning that we would see Him as the loving King but also the ultimate Judge.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 50
Lunch Break Study
Read Matthew 7:24-27: 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Questions to Consider:
- What determines a wise and foolish person according to Jesus?
- How will the wise and foolish be tested? Why is this so important?
- What do you think is the point of this parable?
- The wise is someone who desires to live out God’s word and build their entire life on that principle. The foolish is the exact opposite–someone who does not put God’s word as the focal point of his or her life.
- The great equalizer in this parable is that storms will come to both the wise and the foolish. In times of trials and suffering, it often shows us what we really are building our lives on. The parable goes on to say that any other foundation that is not Jesus is like sinking sand.
- The entire point of this parable is asking the question – on what foundation are you building your life? Right before this passage, Jesus says something shocking: many people will say Lord, Lord on the final day but he will answer back, “I never knew you.” It’s a sobering reality check to see on what foundation our lives are being built on.
Spend some time this evening praying for those who do not know Christ. It could be a family member, friend, or coworker in your life that seems far from God. Pray that the Lord would move their hearts one day to understand and accept the Gospel.