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Our Psalm this week points out very clearly how the Lord loves justice and establishes equity. Most of us become very enthusiastic around a message like that. And well we should. These are very positive things. Yet our enthusiasm tends to cool a little bit, maybe a lot, when we consider the nature of justice and equity.
In the Bible, God is the one who establishes what justice and equity are. When we consider them, we always look through the lens of our fallen world. We always perceive it with fallen eyes. We will never be completely accurate. We simply don’t have the eternal perspective that the Lord does. While he understands all the outcomes of actions and attitudes through all the steps of forever, we struggle to look beyond the next few steps. While God knows how the world works, in every detail, we have to imagine some. And while God does in fact consider every life situation, there are some we willfully choose to disregard, either because we don’t care or because it hurts to think about them.
To put it in the briefest, most pointed way I can, God who created and sustains everything, knows what is good and bad, and He will not ignore that dynamic. We are not God, and we should be very glad. If we were God, we would run things according to our fallen natures and it would be a terrible disaster.
God is the one who establishes justice and works equity. But notice he does it through fallen and sinful humans, like Moses, Aaron, and Samuel. He used them, flaws and all, to accomplish his purpose in the world. May he also redeem our failings and use us individually.
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