For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 ESV
We tend to think of judgement as a negative thing that we would want to avoid. But with God there are no miscarriages of justice. We might think that trusting in Jesus means we won’t face judgement.
The truth is we will either be judged as we deserve, or judged according to Jesus’ perfection and work in our lives. We either get punished as we deserve or rewarded as we don’t deserve. So this verse isn’t necessarily negative, it depends upon our response.
Every deed will be judged- everything we’ve done- and every idle word. Not only so but even secret things will be called to account, even the thoughts of our hearts. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
If we do good, we can be thankful that God’s at work in us and that we will be rewarded for what He’s ultimately doing in us. If we unrepentantly do evil, we can only expect to get what we deserve: condemnation. Even that outcome is the right one from a divine perspective, because justice is served.
“Heavenly Father, we’re grateful that in Jesus Your wrath and Your mercy meet. Thank You that though we deserve condemnation, we can be justified through faith in Him, in His name, amen”