“So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong. He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves. It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world? If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.” (Job 34:10–15, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Why does God allow this? Why does God allow that? Can you see the accusation in these questions? In reality “it is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.” Yet we not only think it, we believe it. We say it. Not fully comprehending that “if it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together.” When judgement comes “He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.”
And then along comes grace. Justice must be served. Because He is Holy. Because He is righteous. Because He is just. But, “the LORD is [also] 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; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:8–12, NIV 1984).
So how, on the one hand, can God “bring upon [us] what [our] conduct deserves,” yet on the other hand “not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities?” Isn’t it still “unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice?” Justice is not perverted, and God does not do wrong by showing grace because Jesus took “what our sins deserve.” Justice is served and grace is offered. “So great is his love for” us that He made a way. Unfortunately, far too many thumb their nose at this way. People ask “how can there only be one way to God?” The real question is “why would God provide any way?” Think about it.
My Advice – We really don’t want what we deserve. What we want is compassion and grace. Let’s take what is offered, not what is deserved. Don’t just think about it, do it.