Daily Devotion – While God is Kind, He is Just
Drawn from my archives
Turning to Exodus chapter 32, we see the familiar story of the Israelites and the Golden Calf. It’s easy to see how corrupt and impatient they were, not unlike many today.
They were tired of waiting for Moses to come back, and so instead of wisely spending their time, they dishonored the very God who had rescued them from slavery.
In much the same way, many people tire of waiting for Christ—they start to doubt His return. They’re more concerned about pleasing themselves, than they are about pleasing the Lord. The Bible tells us to watch and to be ready for the return of Christ. Many however dishonor their faith by chasing the things of this world.
Instead of worshiping the true image of God, they shape and mold Him to fit their agenda.
Just as God was merciful to the Israelites, He is merciful now. Forgiving much. Forgiving often. He is longsuffering, and patient and kind. He showers us with forgiveness and grace. But while He is merciful and kind, He is also just. He calls us to repent and to turn away from our sin.
C.S. Lewis writes, “The demand that God should forgive such a man while he remains what he is, is based on a confusion between condoning and forgiving. To condone an evil is simply to ignore it, to treat it as if it were good. But forgiveness needs to be accepted as well as offered if it is to be complete: a man who admits no guilt can accept no forgiveness.”
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Read Exodus 32. Take note of verses 25-26, where we see the fall of Aaron and the Levite’s response to the Lord. Notice how they were quick to repent.
My daughter asked me once how Aaron (a Levite) and his sons could be chosen for the priesthood when he had obviously sinned against the Lord in this chapter. My answer to her is that we all sin. We all fall short of the glory of God and just like us, Aaron struggled against temptation and sin.
And so, it’s not so much a question of whether we’ll sin or not, the real question is, will we repent when we do?
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13, KJV)
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