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“Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.” (Psalm 96:12b-13)

 

The day is coming when the Lord will set the final course for creation. He will righteously judge all people. Each will continue the course they began in this world, some to be with Him and some forever separated from Him. There is no other option than these two. Those who are faithful will be lifted up and those who go their own way will continue further away.

Lord, the rebellion begun in the beginning with our first parents continues to this day. But there are really only two kinds of people: those who move toward You and those who continue to move away from You. Help me to live into the righteousness You have given me that I may grow in the likeness of Christ and become what You have planned for me to become.

Lord Jesus, You have come making grace possible for those who will follow after You into eternity. Guide me, O Lord, in the way You would have me go knowing that only in You am I able to find the life that You give. Guide me according to Your mercy to humbly walk in the way of righteousness that I may now and always be in Your presence, living the true life. Amen.