Read: Psalm 7:11-13

Our God is just, which means that He is impartial and cannot tolerate mistreatment or oppression of His creation. God’s ear is open to the cry of His people. He hears the prayers of the widows, the orphans (Exod. 22:22-24) and anyone who is crying out to God for help. The Scriptures show God as “the righteous Judge.” As a righteous Judge, He demands righteousness and cannot tolerate sin. He laid down His commandments in the Law that He gave the Israelites on Mount Sinai through Moses. The purpose of the Law was to point the people to sin. “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” (Rom. 3:20).

The psalmist writes, “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready. He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts” (Ps. 7:11-13). God will definitely punish the wicked for their deeds. As God is our all-knowing Judge, our actions on earth and our attitudes toward God will ultimately be judged. If we have all fallen short of God’s perfect standards, we must pay the penalty for those shortcomings. “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). Fortunately, we also know that God is a God of mercy. In His mercy, He has provided a way for us to be reconciled with Him and to meet His standards. He has provided a substitute who was willing to pay our penalty if we are willing to accept that arrangement. He did this through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, who offered Himself to cover the penalty we would have had to pay for our wrongdoing (Rom. 3:24).

All we have to do is accept this substitution. Then God who is both just and merciful will forgive and forget our shortcomings and we can enjoy the gift of eternal life by being with our Saviour Jesus Christ.

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