God is Just and Righteous

Justice and righteousness are the same word in the Hebrew. They are translated interchangeably. When justice is served, the right decision has come down. Being righteous means making the right decisions, the right choices.

God knows the right thing to do and does it.

We can trust that God knows the right thing to do. He alone knows the heart motivations of everyone. He alone knows the good He is working out in a situation and how it will all come together.

Job wondered at God’s justice. He didn’t think he deserved what he was getting. God knew the blessing God was intending for Job.

In Isaiah 40, we’re reminded that God’s ways are unsearchable and so shouldn’t think that God is overlooking justice in our case.

We may have had something bad happen to us because of our sin, but once we’re forgiven in Christ, that sin is removed. We are then up for God’s justice to come in our case and set things right.

Satan steals, kills, and destroys all he can. God can and will bring justice for those who stand blameless before Him. We do not deserve any harm. We deserve justice! The guilty are punished. We do not stand condemned when we are in Christ.

God can and will restore all things. He will set things right. We can trust Him to know what that right is, and we can trust He’s not slow in carrying out His justice. He’s working out our good in the whole process. Glorify Him by trusting and rejoicing as you wait.

Read the verses. Be washed in His word. What is each verse teaching? State it in your own words.

Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.

Job 27:2 (BSB) “As surely as God lives, who has deprived me of justice—the Almighty, who has embittered my soul.”

Isaiah 40:27 (WEB) Why do you say, Jacob, and speak, Israel, “My way is hidden from Yahweh, and the justice due me is disregarded by my God?” Haven’t you known? Haven’t you heard? The everlasting God, Yahweh, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn’t faint. He isn’t weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

1 Peter 4:15-16 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Jude 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy…

Romans 8:1 (NKJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Psalm 5:11 (NKJV) But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.

Lesson Point: God is just and righteous. He knows the right thing to do and does it.

Challenge Question: Is there something in your life that seems unjust? Can you trust and rejoice that the God of justice will deal with it?