God’s Righteous Judgment: How God Deals With a Backslider

At one point in my life I thought that I was hopelessly lost…very far from God.  I had believed in Jesus for salvation, but had turned back to the world in all its lusts and lies.  I had known Truth; but had turned away.  I hid myself from God and I thought He had done the same.  There are many warnings in Scripture about knowing God but then straying from Him and worshiping other gods.  We have many gods in today’s world.  I was blind to them and yet deep down knew I was lost.  I really felt that bridging the distance between the Lord and myself was hopelessly unattainable.  When I was led to the following Scripture, I was unprepared for the brokeness that followed…

“For thus says the High and Lofty One,

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

For I will not contend forever,

Nor will I always be angry;

For the spirit would fail before Me,

And the souls which I have made.

For the iniquity of his covetousness

I was angry and struck him;

I hid and was angry,

And he went on backsliding (turning back) in the way of his heart.

I have seen his ways, and will heal him;

I will also lead him,

And restore comforts to him,

And to his mourners.'”  Isaiah 57:15-18 (NKJV, parenthetical added)

As I thought about what the Lord had just spoken into my heart, my heart leaped in joy to know that there was not only hope…but also a promise.

The God of the universe, the creator of all things, has provided always a way back to His unwavering love.  The God portrayed in our society today is not the One who speaks the Word above.  When the world looks to you as a Christian, do they see this forgiveness or are they judged by you and ignored or cast into a “category” in your mind.  Can you walk up to someone in obvious sin and tell them the Truth or do you just tell them, by words OR actions, that they need to change their ways?  You know, I would say most if not all people who are far from God know dang well where they stand.  That person can either become bitter about it or they can be set free!  Are we brave enough to proclaim His word on high and tell the sinner and backslider that God can see them and wants only to heal them?  Can we share with another that God wants to restore them and lead them and heal all those that they hurt along the way?  Do we want to carry the good news in love, or do we simply want to live in carnal judgment?  This is His commandment:  “that you love each other like I have loved you”.  Think about how God loves, think about how precious each person is to Jesus, and think about the miracle that could happen if only they knew God’s love…well, guess what:  you are the hands and feet and heart of Christ here and now.  Lead and draw people through love…just like the Father, just like His Son, and just like His Holy Spirit.  Any other way is quite honestly…un-Godly!

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4 thoughts on “God’s Righteous Judgment: How God Deals With a Backslider

    • We are all guilty of judgment, SR. It is a perverse and prideful reaction to anything or anyone that is different than what we percieve to be our boxed-up version of God and His judgment. But the good news for all of us I think is that love can break this natural cycle of prejudice. Only when we truly see how sick a human heart is and can become, can we recognize it for what it really is…ungodliness disguised as holiness. We as Christians need to be less defined by what we don’t do (sin) and more defined by what we actually do (love). There is nothing we can do by ourselves, but knowing this produces humility and a contrite heart. God bless you, thank you for the comment, and keep up your awesome ministry!

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