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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

LESSONS OF JOB
(Part 17)

OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS AND GOD'S JUSTICE

Today's psalm reading again teaches us aspects of our theme for 2010.

God is just and righteous. Elihu understood this, as he told Job, "Surely, God cannot act wickedly, the Almighty cannot violate justice." (Job 34:12). Now we, as creatures of the Creator, belong to God. "The earth is the Lord's and all it holds, the world and those who live there." (Ps 24:1). In fact, we are created in God's image and likeness. As such, we too should be just and righteous.

How are we to be righteous and just? Righteousness is living according to God's holy ways. Justice is giving to the other person what is his due. How do we do that? To be righteous is to be "clean of hand and pure of heart" (Ps 24:4a). It is to be right with God by not being "devoted to idols" (Ps 24:4b), that is, anyone or anything that stands in the place of God as far as being the center of our life, our priority or our focus. It is to have integrity of speech, not swearing falsely (Ps 24:4c), not taking the name of the Lord in vain, and always speaking the truth.

On the other hand, to be just is to give to the other person what is his due. In relation to God, we are to "love the Lord" (Ps 24:6a). In fact, as Jesus teaches, we are to love God with our whole mind, heart, soul and strength. This what is due to God from His creatures. Further, we are to "seek the face of the God of Jacob" (Ps 24:6b). As we are made in the image and likeness of God, we need to strive to know what God looks like, that is, who He is and what His ways are. Then we are to seek to imitate Him. We are to be holy as He is holy. In that way can others see Christ in us. Thus can we act justly in accordance with God's purposes in using us as His instruments for the life of the world.

If we are righteous and just, then we are pleasing to God. Then He will bless us. Then He will give us our just reward. "They will receive blessings from the Lord, and justice from their saving God." (Ps 24:5). Because God is just, He will give us what we deserve. "He withholds not the just man's rights" (Job 36:6a). God will thus allow us to "go up the mountain of the Lord" and to "stand in his holy place" (Ps 24:3). This is the justice of a righteous God. This is the salvation of our "saving God."

The Almighty! Just and righteous is He.

God bless you.

frank

(October 24, 2009)

"For to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)

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