October 16, 2016
Passage: Genesis 32:22-31, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, Luke 18:1-8
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The attribute of God we are talking about this morning is God's justness. The fact that God is just, right, lawful, impartial.

This attribute is one that is expected of judges. A judge is supposed to be just to all manner of persons.

In this light, God can be considered as the Judge par excellence. The justness of God is portrayed in the parable of the persistent widow as recorded in Luke 18:1-8. Here Jesus contrasts the justness of God with the behavior of the unjust judge.

We are made aware that God will not drag his feet when it comes to attending to his people because he is an impartial judge. God is not looking for something, as it were, to motivate him to make a decision.

However, the point of Jesus`parable, which is `that men ought always to pray and not faint`, draws our attention to the possibility that we may not always get immediate answers from God. So on one hand, God will answer us speedily but on the other hand, we may have to wait awhile. This is akin to the situation portrayed in Habakkuk 2. In Habakkuk 2:3, we read that "the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."

This thus requires us to develop the right attitude.

1. If God is just, it requires us to trust him. God's justness evokes trust, which is closely related to faith. If God is just, then we have to place our faith in him. For without faith we'll not receive what we desire from God. As the Bible says in James 1:7-8 "let not that [double minded] man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. For a double minded man is unstable in all his ways."
2. God's justness requires us to be persistent
3. God's justness requires us to respond in like manner ( we should treat others fairly)
4. The justness of God should remind us of JUDGMENT

Whatever our request is, whatever our challenge is, we should hold on to God, trusting and believing that He is the impartial judge ready to respond to them at his own appointed time.


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