Our Just God

Whitney Capps

Day: 16 | Plan: Deuteronomy

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 16

Deuteronomy 16:20 (NIV)"Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

“It’s not fair.”

That was one of my boys’ first sentences. Fairness is a rather complicated concept, and I can’t imagine that they understood all the implications of their demands, but they argued their idea of “fairness” nonetheless.

A sibling receiving the bigger cookie, more time with a toy or the preferred seat in a car seem like great injustices to a child. As adults, we know what injustice actually looks like. Children abandoned. Terrorism unchecked. Christians persecuted. Refugees ignored. Where do we (even those who do not follow God) get this sense of justice or injustice?

Justice is a character trait from God. The fact that humanity has a sense of right and wrong, offense and injustice is because God is the standard for what is right. It’s not a shifting ideal, because our God never changes. As the benchmark for what is right and just, God leads, guards and guides His people to act justly. He gives wisdom to those who impart justice on His behalf. (Deuteronomy 1:16-17)

Even though God is perfect and His ways are just, He knew His people were not. His chosen and beloved people were fallen, marred by sin and selfish by nature. So God instructs the people to appoint judges and officials to deal fairly with the people. God was their king; the judges would be God’s ambassadors of justice. God’s instructions to the judges were to act fairly and refuse bribery.

But this call for justice wasn’t exclusive to the judges; it was given to all of God’s people. To act justly is a component of right worship and holy living. It reflects humility before God and others. (Micah 6:8)

As believers we should be people of justice and mercy, free from prejudice and uncorrupted by selfish motives. Because justice is found in our perfect and holy God, we should be the standard-bearers of this virtue.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, in all things You can be trusted to act in accordance with truth and justice because You are good and wise. This world is broken. I am broken. But Your Word is the remedy for what is wrong in me. When I feel wronged or when I see injustice done to others, may I champion truth so that You may be glorified. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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