God is clouded by mystery. There are many questions that we don’t have completely satisfying answers to. We wonder what will happen to those that have never heard the gospel. We have no idea why God allowed the first sin to happen. All of these are veiled in the mystery of God. God is God and for him to be God, there will obviously be a distinct difference between creation and Creator.
Creation will forever not be able to fully exhaust the mystery of His personality and His ways. However, the second half of the statement reveals His character as judge and speaks about something strikingly consoling. If we know that we approach not an unjust judge but a just judge, we know that we at the end of the day, when all is said and done, His justice will triumph. He is righteous and not evil.
Our destiny is in the hands of a just and righteous God who knows exactly what He is up to. He is sovereign over all and will execute His judgments well. There will be no one or nothing that will be punished undeservingly or acquitted with unjustifiable favor. Let us for a minute remember the justice that God intended for us at the cross.
That while we were yet sinners, He sent Christ to die for us. In order that love and justice meet, He transferred the agony of the consequence of our sin upon Jesus. Let us honor that blessed sacrifice and receive that provision rather than argue about why God didn’t do it any other way convenient to suit our unquenchable pride. God is God and He will remain God.
Lesson: Even though we do not and cannot fully know everything about God, it is consoling for us to know that He is just and that He is righteous. Safe is our destiny in His hands than our own or any other.
The pressure to perform can push us to corners at times. We can feel victimized to a point where the need to prove ourselves can require us to make huge commitments. We might only discover later that we don’t have the possibility to keep up with those commitments we made. This can get ugly and one can earn a bad reputation from superiors only because he did not give enough thought while committing.
Hence, when we make a vow, it shouldn’t be done rashly or under any kind of pressure. Rather, it should be well thought of, understanding what it takes to keep it. Jesus suggested not to make vows. The evil one can entice us to make vows and then get us trapped in trying to fulfill them. Instead Jesus said, “…Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and ‘no’ be ‘no.’” By keeping this principle, people soon discover such a man to be different and stable in his commitments.
Lesson: Never make a vow in haste or under any kind of pressure. Think, examine and think again before committing. It is better not to commit and achieve a target than to commit and not achieve it.