The Lord sits enthroned forever; He has established His throne for justice, and He judges the world with righteousness; He judges the peoples with uprightness. Psalm 9: 7-8
God sits on His throne forever. Isaiah 40:22-23 declares, “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers…He brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.” Our God reigns. Even when our world looks like it’s spinning out of control. Take heart oh crazy world, God is still on His throne.
What does God do when He reigns? He dispenses justice, just like a judge in our court system. He judges. Only God is righteous and just, not flawed or corrupted by anything or anyone. And He is fair.
God is judging now. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the living and active Word judges the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. In Jeremiah 11:20 we find the statement that God tests the heart and the mind. What does this mean? God isn’t just waiting until some future date to weigh our actions. He is doing it now. It might not seem that the wrong is righted and that people get their just desserts, but God has a way of getting His point across. That is why He tells us in Romans 12:19 not to avenge ourselves, because vengeance belongs to Him and He will repay. Let Him do His job.
There will be a final judgment that no one will escape. Hebrews 9:27 tells us, “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” Matthew 12:36 reports, “On the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” One more judgment verse for now, 2 Corinthians 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.”
The good news for those of us who have claimed Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord is that He is our defense attorney. Jesus is the substitutionary sacrifice for us. In other words, we deserve the death penalty because of our sin condition. But Jesus took it instead, giving us the ability to stand in judgment and not be condemned to an eternal destiny apart from God.
A final piece of good news if you think that you have been treated unfairly or not been rewarded as you deserve. In 1 Corinthians 4:5 Paul wrote that God will “bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the hearts. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.”
There is a God and He does sit on His throne. He judges righteously and fairly. He will right the wrong and dole out the proper punishments and rewards. Therefore, as 2 Corinthians 5:9 “we make it our aim to please Him.”