Posted by: Terry | April 29, 2009

Will God do right?

“Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? …will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 20.23-25 NIV)

God is a promise keeping God, “he has given us his very great and precious promises.” Warren Wiersbe says, “God’s people live by promises, not by explanations.” We love the promises of God; we memorize them and cling to his faithfulness.

Abraham knew God as a promise keeper, he knew him as a help in conflict against enemies, but he needed to know that God is holy and just. Would he do right?

It is a parent’s job to set and maintain fair rules and boundaries. It is the child’s job to test those boundaries. The parent is teaching the child proper behavior. The child is learning about the dependability of the parent. When the parent is consistent the child is comforted and secure, all fussing and fighting to the contrary. The child needs to know that their parents will be there and do right.

To really trust that God is working the best for us, we must know that he has standards; that he is consistent. Abraham saw God in action when he judged the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah, as unpleasant as it was his faith was built up. His initial reaction was shock; he debated with God about how bad the people really were. In the end he learned that the whole city, except Lot along with his wife and daughters, was evil.

God keeps his promises, all of them; the promise that he is working for our good, as well as the promise that he will judge those who defy or ignore him. We have the confidence that in all of his dealings though he will do right, be fair, and be just.

When we wait, know that it is right to be waiting. When we struggle with difficulties, know that it is right to be struggling. When there is abundance, know that it is right to enjoy.

“Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Yes! He will, and he is – at this very moment.

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