Sunday, January 19, 2014
Proverbs 20 "No Favoritism"
"Differing weights and differing measures-
the Lord detests them both." Proverbs 20:10
"The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please Him." Proverbs 20:23
We have a just God. He is a fair God. He is a right God. "God is not unjust" Heb. 6:10.
He expects us to deal fairly as well. Sometimes that is hard. From that one child who is pushing all your buttons to a business deal gone bad, life happens and we want to lash out and power our way to what we feel is just and right and fair. In doing so, we may deal harshly, taking on a threatening stance, tone or attitude.
However, we have no right deciding what is fair. We should not assume the role of deciding what is justice. Fair does not mean everyone gets the same thing. Rather, it means everyone gets what they need to be successful and productive. While we may feel someone gets the better deal or the better life, God does not have favorites.
"He who is both their master and yours in in heaven,
and there is no favoritism." Eph. 6:9
Romans 3:22 agrees with this in saying, "There is no difference, for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
We need to get off our little high horses, quit taking on the role of God, and realize not everything is done unto us, for or against us. Rather, "From Him and through Him and to Him are all things." Romans 11:36. Do you understand that? From Him, through Him and to Him are ALL things. He allows and disallows as He pleases.
We need to keep our heads screwed on straight and see that "the Lord works all things for His own ends," Pr. 16:4 Not mine. HIS. Whether we think it's fair, right or just, we must not lose sight of the big picture,
"It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism." Col. 3:24-25
So, because there is no favoritism on God's scales, it goes both ways. You wrong someone - you pay as the Lord sees fit. Someone wrongs you - they pay as the Lord sees fit. Some will pay for their misdeeds on earth. Others, not till eternity. Either way, the Lord repays.
We don't have to be bogged down with deciding what is just. Simply relax and trust God to make the best decision. Yes, I know it is hard to let go when everything in you knows something is not fair or just or right, but there is a lot of freedom in knowing He will work all things together for our good, when we trust Him.
Psalm 103:8-12 gives a beautiful picture of how He deals with us.
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will He harbor His anger forever;
He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear him; (hate evil)
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
We get weighed on scales far beyond fair. May we deal with others with the same compassion and grace God has shown us.