Weekly Devotional | Merciful Judge

Rev. Seth Buckner, Heritage Baptist Church

God is the judge of all people, but He would rather pardon than destroy.

Isaiah 55:6-7 says, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Many years ago, postal worker George Wilson robbed a federal payroll and killed a guard. The law convicted and sentenced him to hang. President Andrew Jackson decided to pardon him because it was his first offense.

That is when something happened that had never happened before—Wilson refused the pardon.Wilson’s case went before the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice John Marshall handed down the ruling.

“A pardon is a parchment whose only value must be determined by the receiver of the pardon. It has no value apart from that which the receiver gives to it. George Wilson has refused to accept the pardon. We cannot conceive why he would do so, but he has. Therefore, George Wilson must die.”

Wilson went to the gallows and died because he refused to accept the escape offered. Mankind faces condemnation and an eternity of judgement. God offers man a free pardon for sin, but it is up to everyone to accept or refuse that pardon.

2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Have you come to the Lord and accepted the free pardon? Why not do so today? Jeremiah 33:8 says, “I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.”



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