God’s Absolute Justice
Today’s reading: 1 Kings 14:1-16:20
My selection: I Kings 16:7
7 Moreover, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha and his house, both because of all the evil that he did in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and also because he destroyed it.
My reflections: Baasha was the means God used to destroy wicked Jeroboam and his family. But Baasha also brought destruction on himself by his evil acts including his assassination of Jeroboam and his family.
God uses evil for good but still punishes the evil doer.
God is completely just but it is not the kind of justice we would do as humans. We weigh evil and opt to let lesser evil go. God punishes all evil even though that evil accomplishes His will.
Humanly, we are tempted to find fault with God for this but who are we to call Him unjust? We expect Him to be like us, to assign relative values to sin and evil, but He does not.
My challenge: Do you find fault with God? Do you question His wisdom or justice?
Praise Him for His righteous ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways than our ways. [See Isaiah 55:8-10]. Praise God for providing a full sacrifice for sin through Jesus Christ who saves His people from all their sins whether they seem small or large.
Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Kings 16:21-18:46