Impartial Judge—Double Edged Sword

The first letter of the apostle Peter reminds us that God judges our work impartially—that he does not show favoritism.  That is both a comforting and a fearful thing.

However, we wouldn’t want it any other way, because if he showed favoritism to us, then he might show favoritism to our enemy as well.  

Even when the angel came to Joshua in Joshua 5:13 in the Old Testament, and Joshua asked him if we was on their side or the enemy’s side, the angel responded only that he came representing the Lord of Hosts.  God is on his own side; the question is: Whose side are we on?

Fortunately, we have a mediator in Jesus who is on our side. He represents us before God’s throne 24/7. He indwells us, directing our thoughts, words, and actions; and he fights our battles for us, if only we will let him. We only have to whisper his name and he stands ready to come to our defense.

Good thing, too, for our enemy, though thoroughly wicked, is able to inflict great harm upon those who don’t know how to resist him by calling on Jesus.

Impartial? Yes, our God is utterly fair and impartial. But he is also exquisitely compassionate and tender hearted toward our weaknesses and frailties. In this cold, dark world, we can lose sight of this fact and be deceived into thinking that maybe our Father is cold and aloof. Only when we call on him in faith will we realize the extent of his love.

He has already made the first move; it is up to us to respond and call out to him for his love and favor.  He stands ready and waiting to run to us and shower upon us his comfort, courage, strength, and hope.

— Brad Heilhecker

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