When we think of God, we often amplify certain attributes above others. We may think of him as loving, which is true, but in doing so may not consider that he is also perfectly just. In today’s reading we see God as perfectly merciful while also being perfectly just. He is merciful in that he is willing to negotiate with Abraham regarding saving the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. He is merciful as he saves Lot, Lot’s wife, and their daughters. He is also seen as merciful in Matthew 6 as he provides food and clothing for humanity. Also, in Matthew 7 we are told that he “gives good gifts to those who ask him!” God is also shown to be just as he both stands against the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, as well as acts in judgment against Lot’s wife’s disobedience. Sin does lead to judgment, but God in his grace has provided his Son so that through him we can find forgiveness and mercy. Our sin is greater than we could understand but thankfully God’s grace is even greater--and in that we can rest.
Question of the day: How would you explain to someone that God is both loving and just?
God, my Father, I confess my sins against you and acknowledge that I am deserving of judgment. Despite what I deserve I thank you that in Christ I can find forgiveness and mercy. Help me not to be overwhelmed by my sin but to be overwhelmed by the grandeur and majesty of your grace. May your grace empower me to live for you and in your grace today. Amen.