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TODAY’S MEDITATION – When you feel wronged, plead for mercy instead of justice (Ezra 9:13-15)

Most of the time we tend to cry out to God for justice when we believe we have been wronged or that we deserve a better treatment. When we read the book of Ezra, we see that Ezra recognised that if God gave the people the justice they deserve, they would not be able to stand before Him. My brother, my sister, none of us is pure enough to stand before the Lord. The main problem with all of us is that, whenever we are crying out for justice because we feel abused or unfairly treated, that’s the moment we also forget about the reality of our own sin and the righteous judgement we deserve. Yes, how fortunate are we that God gives us mercy and grace through the sacrifice of Jesus rather than justice only! The next time you want to ask God for justice, pause for a minute and think about what would happen if God gave you what you really deserve… Instead of crying out for justice, plead for His mercy because justice is given by God according to His own standards and in His own time: “God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work” (Ecclesiastes 3:17). And for whatever unfair treatment has brought you to want justice, don’t forget that the Lord says “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (Hebrews 10:30). My friend, wait upon the Lord in every situation that is unfair to you, because the Bible says “the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” (Isaiah 30:18). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.

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