Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually […] So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:5, 7-8)

These are fearful Scriptures if one has little or no knowledge of the mind and heart of God. God, because of His righteousness, is obligated to judge ungodliness in man. His judgments are true and righteous. He is the only One who has the right standard for judgment. Also, He shows no partiality in judgment. The Lord is the only Being who has all the necessary qualities that a judge should possess. In John 5 verses 22 and 27, Jesus Himself says, “for the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son […] and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.” Jesus Christ, who is very God and also the Son of Man, has been given the authority by God the Father to judge everything and everyone. The Father has committed all judgment into the hands of a Man, Jesus Christ. Therefore, a Man will righteously judge all the acts of man.

God will not allow wickedness to continue unabated. There is an hour of judgment. Man will not be allowed to continue in his ungodliness. The Lord must destroy all ungodliness just as He has done before. By His very nature, He is diametrically opposed to evil. As a result of His decision to destroy wickedness, all of us must depart from it. His word says, “let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19). The statement, “but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” should always be considered when examining the judgment of the Lord (Genesis 6:8). There is always grace in judgment. This is one of the things that is so amazing about grace.

The world is alarmed at the Christian view of judgment. This alarm is without justification. The unbeliever does not understand because he does not believe. The unbeliever by definition does not have the proper response to God because he refuses to believe. When he accepts the Lord’s invitation, “come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,”  he will find grace and will be on track to understanding the ways of God which include His judgment of unrighteousness (Matthew 11:28).

Let us continue walking righteously and soberly in this present world. Let us be examples of the Lord’s standard in the world.