Thought for the Day # 207

 

THE UNJUST REWARD

 

Psalm 103:10 (New American Standard Bible)

1He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

 

As Christians, we have a unique sense of justice.  We become outraged when one who has broken the law receives less than the stated penalty. And so we should.  It is easy to see that many inequities take place on a daily basis. Those who deserve judgment often escape from the consequences of their sin.  Those who seem to be unjustly accused pay a tremendous price for some inconsequential violation.  Nothing seems fair. 

 

It is always easy to look at someone else’s situation and evaluate their position.  Our tendency to pass quick judgment upon others is well documented.  After all, we represent the Christian standards as set forth in the covenants of God. They are to be obeyed at all cost. Violation is to be rewarded with a just penalty under the law.

 

Certainly our legal and court system is a mess. True justice is hard to find. This should remind us that our Heavenly Father, a perfect judge, dispenses unjust rewards.

 

The scriptures declare that “all have sinned”, that “none are righteous”, and all of us are worthy of judgment.  This is certainly true.  However, most of us seem to forget that we would have been utterly consumed in wrath and judgment if we received what we justly deserve.

 

Perhaps we should look within, and realize that we have been unjustly rewarded.  We did not get what we deserved. Our punishment was extremely unfair.  Surely, we should be indignant and outraged at the actions of the judge. 

 

But, wait! Do we really want to be judged fairly?  I think not!  Let us remember that we serve a God who does not deal with us according to our sin.  He has laid the iniquity of us all on his only begotten Son, our Lord and Redeemer. He is our justification.

 

Yes, we have received an unjust reward because Jesus Christ paid our debt and bore our judgment. He took upon himself the retribution for our iniquity. 

 

Perhaps we should remember that we have unfairly received grace instead of judgment, mercy instead of harsh treatment.  Let us treasure the unjust reward.  We have been set free from the terrible judgment that we deserve. Our Heavenly Father loved us enough to send Jesus to redeem us.  Yes, we have received an unjust reward!  We earned death and destruction. Instead, we received eternal life.

 

Prayer:

My Heavenly Father, thank you for refusing to punish me as I really deserve. Help me to remember your grace and mercy when I become critical of others. I know that each one of us must answer to you. Forgive me for sometimes being judgmental toward those who stand against me. I owe a debt that I could not pay. Surely, you have not dealt with me is I deserved. I thank you for my unjust reward. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord. Amen