For a very long time I have just internally wrestled with the fact that God is just. I think that a good portion of that comes from the way that I grew up—witnessing daily the wrath of a birth father who was very strict in his handing out of discipline. The expectation of perfection was always there and when it wasn’t attained, the administering of the punishment was swift and extremely harsh.
I think that I decided that God must be like my birth father. Judgmental, condemning, harsh, wrathful—waiting for me to mess up so that he could come at me in an extreme and punishing way.
So when my friend brought forth the list of attributes of God…I picked “God is just” right away. Not necessarily because I desired to know more of this aspect of God…but because I wrestled so much with the sheer idea that God is Just. It was such a hard concept to wrap my head and heart around.
I looked at the description of the attribute itself and the dozen scripture that was listed under that attribute and just started to look things up.
At the end of defining “God is Just”, I came up with this—
God is Just-right or fair [objective]; impartial [unbiased], upright [honorable, understanding], lawful, correct [proper] , true [accurate, genuine, authentic]; righteous
I looked up the verses in the Bible and made a list of them—(these are the first few)
Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”
2 Chronicles 19:7 “Now then, let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking bribes.”
Psalm 9:7-10 “But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord , have not forsaken those who seek you.”
Psalm 89:14-16 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord , in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.”
Psalm 119:137-138 “Righteous are you, O Lord , and right are your rules. You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness.”
Psalm 145:17 “The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.”
Isaiah 30:18 “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”
Zeph 3:5 “The Lord within her is righteous; he does no injustice; every morning he shows forth his justice; each dawn he does not fail; but the unjust knows no shame.”
John 5:30 “’I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.’”
Since I wrestled with the fact that God could be good at the same time he was just…I had the inkling to look at the verses and see what they said…what I found just blew my mind!
God in his Just-ness—He is perfect, faithful, without iniquity, just and upright, to be feared, impartial, forever, righteous, a stronghold, trustworthy, accepting, loving, to be worshiped, kind, patient, gracious, merciful, never failing—and that was just the beginning!
I had always had a hard time understanding how God could be all good and all truth—
In order to get a better understanding of my Lord, the only response seems to be to open up the amazing Word that brings Him closer to my heart—
I am in such awe at how you hear the deepest wrestling of my heart and still lovingly woo me into your presence. Your desire to meet me exactly where I am is beautiful, humbling and exciting all at the same time! Father God, continue to grow the desire in me to spend time with You and to know you more, love you more and allow You to sweep me off my feet. Thank you for the jaw dropping insights you have given me as I pursue you—God…would you give me more—so very much more…I love you—