DayBreaks for 10/16/14 – Trying to Make Sense of God and Justice
Job 34:12 (NIV) – It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
Justice, appropriately, is a timely and important topic. We all want to be dealt with fairly, in a just manner by our fellow human beings. And because of our tendency to project human traits onto God, we want and expect Him to deal justly with us. Or do we?
When it comes to explaining the justice of God, there are several principles which we might help us as we ponder this aspect of God:
FIRST: as part of humanity, we are all responsible contributors to this being a broken and fallen world. The world is, honestly, a war zone because of our brokenness…and we are all equal candidates for suffering and harm as a result.
SECOND: God has gone to great lengths to not mislead anyone (including His people) into thinking that for Him to be just, mankind should be exempt from intense heartbreak and suffering.
THIRD: God promises that for His people only, every single disease, experience or calamity that they experience in this world is designed to lead either to the refining of one’s character or to heavenly glory itself.
FOURTH: We should never, never, EVER ask God for Divine justice because all that sinful man would get would be judgment.
FIFTH: Though God’s people can’t escape suffering, injustice and death, they can experience unusual peace and assurance of God’s love in the midst of pain and suffering.
We can always count on the fact that God understands and knows what we are going through, and that injustice hurts. It hurt Jesus, but it was part of the plan that enabled God to have mercy towards us rather than exacting justice for our sin.
PRAYER: Thank You for being a God who knows when justice is called for and when mercy is appropriate! Help us not to question Your goodness when we don’t receive what we think is justice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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