Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 11:4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
The Day Of Wrath
The day of wrath… Well the greatest day of wrath will come when God judges sin and sinners. Even if you could take your riches with you to face that judgment it would not profit you. A person cannot bribe God. He already owns it all. And anyway the streets are made of gold in heaven so what would you offer him that he might keep justice from you?
No, God is just and no one can stay his hand.
Even here on earth when a sentence of justice is to be read even a most exorbitant amount of money from the guilty party will not be enough to pay off a just judge; and equally just is how that judge will neither sentence an innocent person to death.
The thought of justice can be an uncomfortable thought though because we all fall short of perfection. This underlying force of conscious causes us to check our speedometer and seat belt at the sight of a police officer, become self conscious when we are telling a lie and may not look someone directly in the eye when we have something to hide. Justice reminds us of our insufficiency in relationship to the law and its intentions.
Today I heard someone say we should never pray to God for justice but rather for mercy.
In one way that seems so true because justice would mean all sinners are condemned and that would definitely include me.
However, Jesus did extend his mercy to us by substituting the execution of our just punishment on to his only begotten sinless Son thereby satisfying justice through his grace and mercy. God is a just God because the punishment for our sins was taken by Jesus.
Thank You Father for your Son in being my Attorney, my Advocate in providing my defense, my Judge in declaring me pure, holy and 100% innocent, for becoming sin for me and serving my sentence, and for justifying me by defeating the curse of sin which is death.