• Pastor Belinda Owens

“Justice from a Just God”

Daily Word - Dec. 3rd, 201

In medieval times there was a thing they did when there was a question for justice. The two at odds with each other would be placed in a square ( hence the term “squaring off”) and they would go to fighting. The one who survived was considered the one in the right. In other words the person at fault would die and the person that lived had to be right. This was called “judicial duel”.

There was also a practice where in England to find out if you were lying or telling the truth they would tie you to a chair and lower you backward into water. Medieval water boarding. If you lived you were telling the truth and if you died then of course you drowned because you were lying.

This all seems so primitive now days and we can just imagine how many innocent people were killed in the name of justice.

Just in my genealogy alone I had one grandmother burnt at the stake in Edinburg, Scotland. Seemed she kidnapped the king at the time though she was related to him but she had someone else in mind to be king. The only thing the king could do to get justice against her was to say she was a witch and with that said she was justifiably burnt at the stake. There was a Viking grandfather who willingly offered himself to the god Oden because his kingdoms crops had failed, so the thought was “we must please the gods” and he volunteered to be sacrificed. We have come a long way yet our desire for justice can cloud the mind we should have in Christ.

God has a means of justice. It usually leans on the side of love where us carnal created beings tend to lean toward “getting even”. Sometimes we turn our God into our justice weapon when we have no right to do so. God said in Romans 12:19-20 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the LORD. 20On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."

So no matter what may be at your door step. No matter how wronged you were by some one let me encourage you to place it completely into His hands.

I have had to repent from thinking how justified I have been in certain situations to point out to God how much someone needs to be corrected. It’s not our place to decide their judgement. Place it into God’s hands and let it go. He will handle it better than we can and He doesn’t make mistakes in His justice. Do bring it before Him but leave it there and let Him issue the justice.

- blessings to you, Belinda