“It is a just thing to repay affliction to those who afflict you.” (1:6)
In sharp contrast to allowing His people to pass through trials, God will exercise stark justice upon those who perpetrate affliction and do not yield their stubborn hearts to the gospel. The punishment is terrifying. It is all the worse in that they will be removed forever from the loving and glorious face of the Lord Jesus Christ. The destinies of true believers and resistant unbelievers are totally different. In the eyes of some, this may seem unfair, but in order that God’s holiness is maintained, this punishment is absolutely just and righteous. Instead of arguing with God, people should fear and seek to align their lives in accordance with His commands. As it says in Romans 9:20, who are we to reply against God? Do we know more than He does? We think we need to be heard. But, in truth, it is God’s word that needs to be heard. It is far better to yield our hearts and receive all the benefits of the salvation that God has so freely and so graciously provided in Christ than to continue in our stubborn ways in resistance against God. We need to be most certain of our eternal destiny.
PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that you are absolutely just; help me to yield to all of your ways.”