The appointed time of judgment is set in God’s plan of redemption. Before we can understand that appointed time, we need to recognize what is being judged. It is described in the first book of the Bible, in the first prophecy given in God’s Word (Genesis 3:14-15). It is the devil, in the form of the serpent. The prophecy declares that the Seed – Jesus Christ—shall trample the head of the serpent. That’s a poetic way of saying the enemy is trampled underfoot (Acts 2:35; Hebrews 10:12-14).
What does this have to do with what is happening when tragedies strike and injustice seems to go unanswered? It is the antidote, it is the remedy, that the God of love provided because of the ultimate choice every human faces. Do we choose to know good and evil or do we choose to know life connected to the Creator? We always have a choice.
Our word for good is based on God, but it falls short of God’s best. God didn’t create evil. It is the result of rejecting God. Evil is the absence of God in the same way that darkness is the absence of light. The devil, in all his twisted wickedness, is delighted when humans blame God for the suffering found in this world—suffering that is the result of the world’s rejection of God.
That fateful, rebellious choice in the Garden of Eden introduced sin, decay, destruction, and death into the world. That is the modus operandi of the enemy (John 10:10). It shifted the center of the universe from God the Creator to His creation. The individual became the focus—what we call secular humanism. Romans 8:22 tells us that the earth itself is groaning from the weight of the accumulated effects of sin on this planet. The antidote, the remedy is found in John 10:10 as well. It is Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life.
Today believers have another choice. We can grumble and groan about the darkness that seems to be getting darker. Or we can understand the times according to God’s great Week and know what we need to speak forth in truth and grace to a hurting world. In short, we can be light. After all, we are to shine our light on He who is the Light of the world.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).