“Falling Into The Hands Of God” ( Hebrews 10: 30 – 31, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“For we know who it is that says, ‘Justice is mine: I repay’; and again, ‘The Lord judges His people.’ It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

The author of Hebrews calls us to enter God’s rest, writing, “See that you do not refuse the voice that speaks. Those who refuse to hear the oracle speaking on earth find no escape; still less do we escape if we refuse to hear the One who speaks from heaven.” (Hebrews 12: 25 – 26)

Open your ears; listen. Soften your heart; believe. Steel your nerves; walk aright. “Think of Him (Jesus) who submits to such opposition from sinners; that helps you not to lose heart and grow faint. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Hebrews 12: 3 – 5)

Admit this to yourself — you struggle against sin. We all struggle at times to cease from our work so that we may enter God’s rest, His Sabbath rest. Jesus gives us help both as an example and via the Holy Spirit who lives within us.

No one should think that God’s discipline is not “terrible.” Via discipline, He molds us like clay into what He desires; after all, He is our Creator. He is God; who are we to question Him? Paul rhetorically asks: “Is God to be charged with injustice? By no means. For He says to Moses, ‘Where I show mercy, I show mercy, and where I pity, I pity.’ Thus it does not depend on man’s will or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘I raise you up for this very purpose, to exhibit My power in My dealings with you, and to spread My fame all over the world.’ Thus He not only shows mercy as He chooses, but also makes men stubborn as He chooses.” (Romans 9: 14 – 18)

“You say, ‘Then why does God blame a man? For who can resist His will?’ Who are you, sir, to answer God back? Can the pot speak to the potter and say, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Surely the potter can do what he likes with the clay.” (Romans 9: 19 – 21)

Therefore, be grateful that God chooses you. Do not be arrogant, but be humble — knowing that it is truly by God’s grace that you stand in His company, that you find His Sabbath rest.

Not Qualified To Judge ( Romans 2: 1, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


One of the most difficult aspects of the Christian walk is refraining from judging others. Paul states that he does not even judge himself; he puts that ‘on hold’ until the coming of the Lord Jesus at which time all men are to be judged by the One True Judge, even God Himself. Until then, we are called to “judge not” by Jesus Christ and by His apostle, Paul.

Paul challenges us to recognize that we are not qualified to judge ourselves or one another. “For when [we] judge another, [we] condemn [ourselves], since [we], the judges, do the same things.” When we set up ourselves as judges, we are actually judging the Law and the Lawgiver, who is God. Who are we to judge the law and the One True Judge?

“You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?” (Romans 2: 23) If you claim that you do not break the law and so you are qualified to judge others, you are both lying to yourself and to God. (1 John 1: 8)

“Now we know that whatever the law says speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may be subject to God’s judgment. For no one is justified in His sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.” (Romans 3: 19 – 20)

Recognize sin in yourselves — and of course in others — but realize that Jesus died so that we are not judged or judging, but are rather set free from the law of sin and death.

“The one who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.” (1 John 2: 10)

Amen!