Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Proverbs 2:8(KJV): "He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints."

When we look at this scripture, we find it says, God keeps the paths (plural) of judgment. This means that there are two paths of judgment. Judgment, therefore, is two-fold:

(1) There is judgment for the wicked. They are punished for their deeds, as the penalty for sin is executed upon them. They reap what they have sown:

Ezekiel 11:21, "But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God."
Galatians 6:7-8: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."

(2) There is also judgment for the righteous as they are rewarded for their faithfulness:

Proverbs 13:13, "Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded."

Hebrew 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

We must all one day stand before the Judgment Seat of the Lord and receive our judgments. Just as people are brought to court in trials, so it is with the judgment of God against evil. Some may be convicted of a crime and receive imprisonment or the death penalty for evil deeds. However, on the positive side some people go to court contesting an injustice that they have endured and they are awarded a settlement of money for their unfair treatment. We can trust God that even if we have been treated unfairly at times, He will eventually reward us in the proper way and prove our innocence. Proverbs also says He preserves the way of the righteous. That means He will protect and take care of His own and make a way for us even if there appears to be no way in the natural. The Lord delights in answering our prayers and making a way out of our problems, even if it takes a miracle. Remember, miracles are God's specialty!

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