Sunday, June 19, 2005

Judging Justly

"...because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth"

who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously..."
1 Peter 2:21-23

"Judging justly" does not here mean that God somehow judged Jesus and inposed suffering on him because he deserved it. It means that God, in His sovereignty, did what was necessary in the situation to bring about His will, the salvation of His people and thus His own glory.

This requires a view of the cosmos that is hidden to a creation locked in time and space. We do not see the whole situation as God can, therefore we cannot make the righteous kinds of judgements that God makes, let alone bringing anything about.

God certainly gives us some clues as to what we may expect in this world concerning cause and effect. If we do evil, we may expect discipline if we belong to Him, and certain punishment if we do not. Some people though, apparently suffer for no "good" reason. Though all have sinned (Romans 3:23), not all suffer equally. Some appear to "get away" with heinous sin, while others seem to suffer disproportionately.

It isn't about us, in the end. It is about the whole picture that God is accomplishing. The wonder and praise of it is, that while He accomplishes all this, He never loses sight of my individual soul, and designs my personal good as one of His own, even in suffering.

Help me, O God, to be at rest in Your will, whatever your will entails.


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