One of the things the reality of the day of final judgment can do is give you comfort when you are confronted with violent, vicious evil. God is a Judge, and He is returning. So every finally unrepentant rapist or murderer or child abuser (or liar or gossip) will give an account and receive God’s fair, just wrath.
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.
The Christian can know that His God, His Father and Friend and King, will account for every wrong and every wrongdoer. None will slip by him. Each and every sin will be dealt with in one of two places: The Cross of Christ or Hell. He can be comforted by the knowledge that every wicked evildoer who refuses to mourn his sin and believe in Christ will have his sin reckoned to him on the last day. And for every day after that. All of them. Unto eternity.
There are times when you’re confronted with pure, undistilled evil. Toxic, nasty, virulent wickedness. The Bible gives us many such cases, and the children of God often (in Psalms, Lamentations, and the Prophets, for instance) call out to God for justice in the face of them. “Lord, they have ripped open pregnant women and murdered mother and child. The have burned the homes of families for sport and spite. They have maimed and scarred and slaughtered our people. Please account for this. Please judge them!” These are adult feelings for an adult world. In this groaning creation there are many times where humans do unspeakably evil things and then laugh at the pain they’ve caused and move on, with no true remorse and no second thoughts about doing more of the same evil as long as they can get away with it. When the Christian sees these evils and is stunned by them, he can apply the truth of God’s final judgment to the grief and confusion in his heart.
God is returning. And all will give an account to Him.
They do not escape His notice, these scoffers. They do not escape His offer of pardon and re-creation, either.
“Come, and be made new. I saved a rotten thief who was right next to me on the day of my innocent execution. I can save you. But your sin must be dealt with. It must be paid for. Either here or in Hell.”
We can rest in the God of Judgment, Christian. We worship a wise, loving, and just Judge. All sins will be accounted for.
Thankfully, even our own.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.