WEDNESDAY July 26, 2017
The Just Judge
“However You are just in all that has befallen us; for You have dealt faithfully, but we have done wickedly. Neither our kings nor our princes, our priests nor our fathers, have kept Your law, nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies, with which You testified against them.” - >Nehemiah 9:33-34
Within the long and sincere prayer of God’s people was the acknowledgement of their sins. Everything that had happened to them as a nation was a direct result of their wickedness. They knew the Lord was just in His judgments. Israel had not obeyed and kept God’s law. No one, from the kingly positions in the land to their fathers, had kept the Lord’s commandments or testimonies.
As Christians, think about our own lives. God is just and we were once wicked. Jeremiah 17:9-10 tells us the truth about our hearts and minds:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”
Although God has done a transformation in our hearts and lives, if we neglect to listen and obey God’s Word, after a given period of grace, the Lord will turn us over to be chastened: “For whom theLord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:6). God is a just judge. He can use someone else or a difficult circumstance to accomplish His justice. He has ways of getting our attention.
Although painful, chastening has its benefits; it is for our own good. Hebrews 12:10-11 confirms that chastening is…for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness…afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
The Bible insists that God is entirely just, and that therefore ultimately justice will be done, and will be seen to be done.
~D. A. Carson~
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