5/5/19 - Trusting God to be Fair
“Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors. Give them according to the works of their hands. Render to them what they deserve.” (Psalms 28:4)
People make plenty of mistakes in our treatment of each other. When we combine that with the outright hate and cruelty of many in this world, it makes us wonder, at times, if there is any justice to be found. Many even question why God does not intervene in human affairs more than He does and why bad things happen to good people as well as the evil ones.
There is one thing that we know for sure. God is going to hold people accountable for every deed, every word, and even every thought when we stand before Him on the judgment day. The idea that the wicked are getting away with evil shows a premature conclusion. The wicked will reap what they sow (Galatians 6:7,8).
In this psalm, David calls upon God to preserve him from those who hate him and want to do evil against him. It is certainly appropriate for us to ask God for His protection and daily care. God cares for us. He provides for us. He watches over us.
Since God’s righteousness is sure and the promise of the condemnation of the wicked is sure, we don’t have to worry about taking vengeance on those who hurt us. Remember that we are in a spiritual war, not a physical one (Ephesians 6:12-18). The devil is our real enemy. When Jesus dealt with people, He stood strong against evil, hypocrisy, self-righteousness, and lack of commitment to the Father. He also saw the people – all of the people – as sinners whom He came to save. We must adapt the same attitude.
If we love our enemies (Matthew 5:44), do good to those who hate us (Luke 6:27), give them food, water, or whatever they need (Romans 12:20), we are being like God who gives the blessings of sunshine, rain, food, and provision to the unjust as well as the just. And who of us knows if an act of kindness may soften the heart of someone who is now an enemy of the cross of Christ, and turn that person to the Savior?
The Bible says of the evil, “But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.” And, “…who will render to each one according to his deeds” (Romans 2:2,6). “’Vengeance if Mine, I will repay,’ saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19b). Let the all-knowing, all-wise, all-righteous God take care of judging and punishing. In seeking goodness and kindness toward everyone we encounter, we free ourselves to seek and practice the attitudes and actions of our Savior in our own lives. Joy comes when we are pro-active instead of re-active in every situation. May God grant us the courage and meekness we need to do everything according to His will, looking to God to make everything right in the end on the great day of judgment to come.