God the Father Has a Day

God the Father Has a Day by Michael L. Brown for Ask Dr Brown

As we think about Father’s Day, I’m drawn this year to think about the day our heavenly Father has in store. It will be a great day for the righteous and a terrible day for the wicked. On that day, God Himself will set everything straight.

As Isaiah prophesied,

For the LORD of Hosts has ready a day
Against all that is proud and arrogant,
Against all that is lofty — so that it is brought low:
Against all the cedars of Lebanon,
Tall and stately,
And all the oaks of Bashan;
Against all the high mountains
And all the lofty hills;
Against every soaring tower
And every mighty wall;
Against all the ships of Tarshish
And all the gallant barks.
Then man’s haughtiness shall be humbled
And the pride of man brought low.
None but the LORD shall be
Exalted in that day. (Isaiah 2:12–17 NJPS)

No One Gets Away With Anything

On all other days, there is not only human sin but human pride as well. Not only every kind of crime and despicable act. Not only all manner of evil and wickedness. But also arrogance and pride.

People think they can sin with abandon. People imagine there are no consequences. They transgress. They mock. They rebel. They blaspheme. Then they sin some more.

When will they get their due? When will justice be done? Why does the Giver of Life let people get away with murder — literally?

The fact is that, ultimately, in God’s world, no one gets away with anything.

The Father will have His say on that day, and no one will be able to raise a word of protest.

In the words of another prophet, “The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.” (Obadiah 15).

Obadiah spoke those words 2,500 years ago, referring to a lesser “day of the LORD,” meaning, a time during human history when God would act in judgment. This was a precursor of that final day at the end of human history.

At that time, everyone will get what they deserve — aside from those who have taken refuge in God’s mercy through the cross and lived to honor Him.

On that day, the Lord of all will take the glib smile off the face of the mocker. He will remove the gloating of the hardened sinner who thought no one was watching.

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