A verse on Justice: Proverbs 21:2, 3

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the LORD weighs the heart.
To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Proverbs 21:2, 3

This is quite similar to another passage I posted a while ago in ‘What if God said this to us?’, in that it reminds us that God cares about more than simply our external actions towards him. Certainly, and to be quite clear, this is not to say that worship and sacrifice (of the modern kind) are unimportant to God. Rather, God is saying that simply following religious ritual, while ignoring the condition of our heart, is wrong (Jesus condemns the Pharisees for this in Luke 11:37-44). If we follow the religious order, but fail to treat others rightly–justly–we have missed the point. It is also a great reminder that it is not about us. The writer says that a man’s ways is right in his own eyes. Our power for self-deception is incredible, and that scares me. God sees through our self-centered ways to our heart. If we ignore righteousness and justice, if we live for ourselves, we are not living in accordance with God’s will. Injustice reflects man’s fallen, self-centered nature. Children are sold into the sex trade because of a self-centered perverse and vile human fallenness. Slavery of old in the United States, sadly, was often justified by Bible-believing Christians. It seemed right in their own eyes.

May you and I live lives that are marked by God’s ways, and not what is right in our own eyes. And may we do righteousness and justice in the sight of God.

{ Disclaimer: As always, I hope you’ll check out the passage for yourself. Context is so vital for understanding the Bible, and I worry that too many Christians–my self clearly among them–‘cherry pick’ verses that support whatever they are discussing, often in ways that the full passage might not support. Anytime I post verses, on anything, I do hope you won’t take my word for it, but you’ll check it out for yourself and see what the Holy Spirit reveals to you. }


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