5 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

Genesis 43
Mark 13
Job 9
Romans 13

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

“Then Job answered: Yes, I know what you’ve said is true, but how can a person be justified before God?”
Job 9:1-2 (CSB)

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

In the verses that I have chosen for today, you can hear a bit of frustration in Job’s words. He knew he was far from perfect. Yet, he had no idea how he could be made right before a holy God.

“How can a person be justified before God?”

If God is holy, and He is, and if God must judge us, and He will, then how can we be made right? He cannot simply overlook our guilt. He must punish us as lawbreakers.

So, how can God remain loving while also carrying out justice?

The answer is found in the person of Jesus. God satisfied the terms of His own justice by making the payment Himself.

Romans 8:33–34 (CSB): “Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.”

Friend, if that isn’t cause for celebration, I don’t know what is! God had every right to send us to an eternal Hell, but He didn’t. Instead, He sent His Son to pay the sin debt of every single person who will place their trust in Him (John 3:16).

If you have trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are fully justified before God. It’s just as if they had never sinned. But, God has also credited you with the righteousness of Jesus. Because of Jesus, God sees you as having complied with every single one of the Law’s demands.

So, walk in that confidence today as a child of God. Rest in who you are because of Jesus. And, then, act like who you are! Because of Jesus, you are a righteous child of the living God. So act like it.

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Lord Jesus, thank You so much for temporarily leaving many of Your rights and privileges in Heaven to die on the cross and rise from the dead to pay the sin debt of every single person who will trust in You. Thank you that I have been justified in God’s sight and am no longer a guilty sinner in need of judgment. Instead, I am a beloved child who enjoys getting to know You more. Thank you! Amen.

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