Monday, March 31, 2008

"Just" Another Thought...

So many times in our lives we are faced with questions and misunderstandings that loom over us, bigger and heavier than we can handle on our own. And so, we take them to God. "Why, God?", "Why do bad things happen to good people?", "Why is this happening to me/us/them?"...may be some of the questions we ask. Question after question can parade or even ricochet behind our eyes.

A couple of years ago my pastor spoke on a passage of scripture that I am often reminded of when passing through a hard time.

Hebrews 6:10 says, "For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister."

Our pastor particularly pointed out the beginning portion "God is not unjust". Unjust? Hmmm... According to the Webster's Dictionary (copyrighted 1991, K. Nichols), this word is an adjective meaning "not fair; lacking justice or fairness". So, why would I be so taken with this phrase?

Have you ever asked why God chose to say that He is NOT unjust instead of plainly saying that He IS just? I think it is a difference of how strongly the point is made. The first makes it clear and definite whom God is and whom He is not, while the second makes one wonder how much more or how much less "just" He is. The point is...God is a just God who is never unjust.

So when you are passing through a hard time in your life, a time when you just don't understand or are too tired to, trust the One who is always fair, knowing, loving, and right.

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