Justice

 

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Who doesn’t like it when the bad guy gets what’s coming to him and the good guy is vindicated? We will  sit through the whole movie to get that sense of satisfaction at the end that speaks to us of “justice.”

That’s the good thing about movies vs. real life. In real life the good guy can rot in jail and and the bad guy get off scot-free. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of justice in this life, and it’s easy to become disillusioned and cynical because of it.

But God is writing our story, and He has a strong sense of justice. In fact, your desire for justice comes from Him! That’s why it’s impossible for us to judge God and call Him unjust — we wouldn’t even know what justice is apart from Him giving us a sense of right and wrong.

God will bring justice in the end. That should make us glad — except for the fact that each of us is guilty before Him. Thank God that His justice exists alongside another powerful characteristic — His love and mercy. He longs to be good to people, even as His sense of justice wants to see wrong punished.

The perfection of God’s character is beautifully displayed in Jesus where “mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other”  (Psalm 85:10).

He is both Truth to bring our sins to light and Grace to forgive them and make us right with Him.  God  always wants to show mercy, even when judgment is deserved.

Upon Jesus, the justice of God fell fully for you and me. God repaid our sins completely through Jesus’ death.  There is no more judgment left for us because of His sacrifice. His resurrection from the dead proves that sin has been fully punished and justice has been completely satisfied.

Now that’s a happy ending!

 

 

Rest Stop

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It was a long car ride in the mountains of California, and Mother Nature was calling. The highway sign marking a rest stop ahead was more than a welcome sight!

God is calling us to a regular rest stop, even when we don’t think we need it. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7)

That command is one of the most difficult for me to obey: Slow down. Stop. Rest in God. Be patient. Let Him be Lord.

I understand what all of these words mean, so why do I instead get agitated, impatient and rush off to do things in my own strength?

It’s because either deep down I believe I can handle life myself, or I don’t think He will actually show up if I wait for Him. I should know by now that my striving gets me very little. Why am I striving for what I want anyway? If it’s for the wrong reason, it will all go up in smoke in the end.

To be centered in His Lordship is the key. What does He want of me today? What does He want for me today? God will fulfill His purposes for me — if I let Him. (Psalm 138:8). That is much easier than trying to fulfill God’s purposes in my own strength, even with the best intentions!

I am pretty certain that God is waiting on me a lot more than I am waiting on Him. He is waiting for me to settle down my mind and heart, to rest in His love, to expect to hear His voice. When I humble myself that way, that is when I can hear my Lord and His eternal words that make all the difference.