Of God and of the Holy Trinity
Chapter 2, Paragraph 1.
“…and withall most just, and terrible in his judgments…”
Nehemiah 9:32, 33.
At first glance, learning that God is terrible in His judgements seems harsh. The notion of a stern, vindictive overseer who doesn’t understand our condition is thought of by many who view His law as stringent and His punishments as severe. Some recoil and want to crawl back to the loving, merciful God they envision, the one who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Both are incorrect views of God, and neither are to be desired. To ignore sin would cause God to not be good. And therefore His love and mercy would not be good, either.
God is never harsh. To be harsh implies that He goes beyond what is necessary in His judgments. Rather, He is most just. As such, He will never let sin off the hook. It must be punished. And sin is so repugnant to God that it requires a terrible punishment. Yet that punishment is ultimately fitting; no more than required, no less than required.
Often in our history people have been allowed to get around the law of the land, whether due to position or popularity. (Certain politicians immediately come to mind.) Yet there is no partiality with God. Every transgression is dealt with. And that is just as awesome and wonderful as His love and mercy.
Ascribe greatness to our God!
The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He. -Deuteronomy 32:3,4 (NASB)
Questions to Consider
- Does the fact that God is most just comfort you? Why or why not?