God’s justice is about the why not the what


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I’ve been in Kansas City for the last few days, a spontaneous road trip for some R&R before the craziness of my upcoming novel launch. And I’ve just go to say—people in Kansas City drive crazy!

Man, Wichita drivers are awful, but Kansas City drivers are downright homicidal.

I get really angry at bad drivers. It’s something I’m working on because it doesn’t really accomplish anything. But it’s frustrating to see someone taking unnecessary risks, endangering lives around them, and not be held accountable.

Every now and then I see a reckless driver pulled over, but most of them time they’re free to zip in and out of traffic like the highway is their personal racetrack.

But what I need to remember—and this applies to everyone, not just reckless drivers—is that even if the authorities of this world aren’t able to hold people accountable, God still will.

Today’s verse is Jeremiah 17:10.

But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.

God is in charge of justice. He has the final say on who is rewarded and who isn’t, and He is unfailingly fair. Not “fair” like people down here claim to be, when they’re really just as biased as everyone else. But actually, honestly, genuinely fair. God’s the only Person who ever has been, so He’s the only One qualified to stand as our judge.

But God doesn’t just look at what we’ve done. He see our hearts. He sees our motivation. He sees the reasons why we do the things we do, not just our actions themselves.

So maybe you’re driving recklessly because you’re trying to help someone else. Your motivation is pure, even if your actions are questionable.

What about that person who’s obeying the laws of the road to the letter? Are they driving well because it’s the right thing to do or because they think they’re better than everyone else? The motivation of the human heart says a lot about a person, and it determines a lot about whether an action is ultimately selfish or selfless.

But the only one who can judge that is God. It’s not our job to hurl accusations at other people. It’s our job to live our own lives the way God has called us to live. Yes, approach people who are making foolish mistakes and speak to them in love about their choices, but hurling accusations never helps anyone.

There is justice in the world. God’s in charge of it, so that means it will come when its needed and not a moment before. So trust that God will bring it when it’s time. Chill out. Be kind. Love others. And do right in your own life.

The only person you can control is yourself.

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