Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.
Our Just Justifier
There is a symbol of justice which you may have seen before… a statue of a blindfolded woman who makes judgments of right and wrong. She is holding perfectly balanced scales and a sword. Being blindfolded she favors no one person over another. She executes righteous judgment with her sword.
A dishonest scale is held by a crook who unjustly favors themselves over the ones they want to deceive for their own gain. It is a false balance, a false witness; and claims a lie as truth.
Solomon calls this injustice an abomination to the LORD. An abomination is something we despise so badly… we are utterly disgusted at the thought of it… we loathe it!
Have you ever found something that has turned your stomach or caused you to gag and turn away quickly? For me, in my younger years it was spinach. Something about it triggered that gag reflex and it was like… I had no choice but to spit it out. But today… well, spinach has this weird love hate relationship with me… It’s not important... Back to the text… The LORD’s stand on deception and greed and lying and taking advantage of others does not vary… It is always an abomination to the LORD period. You know it is possible for a person to take stock of their own life with this same unjust scale. We can appraise and evaluate our own life and present ourselves as someone who tips the scale in our own favor. We need to be cautious of that.
1st John 1:8 says: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Its true that God is just and he wants us to agree with him on what is right and wrong, hating our hypocrisy and being disgusted with our own sin. But not only is God just but he is also justifier. That's good news for us.
In Romans 3 Paul talks about how we are justified by Gods grace through faith in Jesus for what he did for us in dying on the Cross.
Verse 26 says: It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Agreeing with God demands that we are in favor of full punishment due to be made for our abominable deeds. I am so thankful that we can humbly and joyously submit to his righteous judgment in that God sent his only Son who willingly took that punishment for us and then defeated the wages of sin (which is death) by rising from the grave.