Week 28 in the Word--July 9, 2021
The subject of justice is often in focus in our society. We cry out for justice and hate the too frequent reports of injustice. What would perfect justice look like? There would be perfect laws and under those laws perfect judges would punish all the guilty and only the guilty. No one would be wrongly sentenced and every guilty person would receive an appropriate verdict.
Under a system of perfect justice, no one would be able to claim they were unfairly treated.
But we do not have perfect justice, do we?
Evil doers slip through our system and innocent people are wrongly convicted and sentenced. We hear heart-wrenching stories of prisoners who served sentences for crimes they did not commit. The recent release of a celebrity sex offender on a technicality brought outcries of injustice from all sectors except his few remaining friends. We long for true, perfect justice but, alas, it escapes us.
However, the Scriptures tell us that there will be a day of judgment in which perfect justice will be realized at last. Only God can bring this about because He alone knows all things, has all power, and is perfectly just. In Acts 17;30-31, Paul declared that God is calling all people everywhere to repent in the face of the coming judgment of God. [See our July 13 devotional “God’s Righteous Judgment”].
Perhaps you find this subject abhorrent. Yet the concept of a day of perfect judgment should give us hope, not just terror. The reality of a Day of Judgment means that life has a meaning. What we do is not insignificant. It means that all injustices will be made right. No one escapes. Those who have abused and bullied us will be called to account with perfect justice.
But where does that leave us?
Some think of the world as composed of two groups: the oppressed and the oppressors. The oppressors deserve punishment, and they will get it. But what if we are all oppressors at some level?
The view of Scripture is that before a holy God we are all found to be sinners. Of course, we have also suffered as victims too. Thus, we cannot neatly divide humankind into oppressed and oppressors. We are all both.
The good news of the gospel is that while we all fall short of the glory of God we are called to repent and trust in the One who came to give His life for all who believe in Him. By grace we may be saved through faith in Jesus Christ, the very One who will judge all mankind but who also promised, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).
Are you trusting in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin? God’s call is to repent because the day of judgement is coming and the One who can and will save you is the Judge Himself. Call upon Him and be saved today. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).
For those who know the Lord as Savior, we can live confidently, having His assurance of eternal life. We will not come into judgment but live with Him in perfect peace and joy forever. Paul declared the good news in Athens. Let us believe it and declare it wherever we are today.
Week of July 9-15, 2021
July 9/Day 190 God Uses People, Warts and All (Job 40-42; Acts 15:22-41) July 10/Day 191 Salvation Belongs to the LORD (Psalms 1-3; Acts 16:1-15) July 11/Day 192 Midnight in a Roman Jail (Psalms 4-6; Acts 16:16-40) July 12/Day 193 The Importance of Seeking God (Psalms 7-9; Acts 17:1-15) July 13/Day 194 God’s Righteous Judgment (Psalms 10+12; Acts 17:16-34) July 14/Day 195 The Authority of the Bible (Psalms 13-16; Acts 18) July 15/Day 196 God’s Delight in Your Prayer (Psalms 17-18; Acts 19:1-20)