How many times have you heard, “That’s not fair,” in your house this week? Maybe you’ve even thought it yourself. Now, it’s true that we’ve all faced unfair situations and received consequences we did not deserve. We are human, after all, and that means we’re all flawed and imperfect. There is one, however, who’s justice is always right. One who never gets it wrong and always keeps His promise to do what He says He will do. When we fear the Lord and have the right view of His perfect justice, we will never say to Him, “That’s not fair.”
FEAR: Having the Right View of God's Perfect Authority, Justice, & Grace
MEMORY VERSE: “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases Him, and love Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul." DEUTERONOMY 10:12 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Having the Right View of God Means Understanding His Perfect Balance Between JUSTICE and Grace
God is our holy and perfect authority so He determines what is right and wrong. He is also a just judge which means He will give the right consequences for the choices we make to follow His rules or not. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, God gave them very specific instructions about the Ark of the Covenant. The ark was like God’s throne on earth and represented His presence and holiness. During David’s reign, the Israelites moved the ark but didn’t follow God’s laws about it. It’s like they had forgotten who God was and that His ways are perfect. God specifically said that if anyone touched the ark, they would die. When the ark was being moved, a man named Uzzah reached out and touched the ark and so he died. This may seem harsh, but God always keeps His promises and will always do what He says He will do. Because God is perfectly just, He can’t let our sins go unpunished, but there is good news! God is just but He is also full of grace and was willing to put the punishment we should have gotten on Christ. Everyone who believes Jesus is Lord and took the punishment they justly deserve for their sins will receive His perfect grace and be forgiven!
- Read 2 Samuel 6:1-9. How do we see God’s perfect justice in this story? Can you also see a way that God showed grace?
- How would you define justice? What do you think when you hear that God is perfectly holy and just?
- Read Romans 3:23-26. What do we deserve because of our sin? What is the only thing that can save us from the right consequences for our sins?
- Pray together as a family thanking God that He never makes mistakes and has the perfect balance between justice and grace.
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Teacher: Justice & Grace
Use the time at the dinner table this week to help your family understand justice and grace. Give them a hypothetical example that could really happen. Say that one of them was being careless and rowdy which caused them to break an expensive plate. The plate needs to be replaced and so Justice would be requiring your kids to pay for a new plate. Grace on the other hand would be to acknowledge that the plate needed to be replaced by your kids but you, as the parent, pay to replace it yourself. That is what God did at the cross! We have all sinned which by God’s standard means we deserve death. But God being rich in mercy sent His son Jesus to pay for that death penalty on the cross!
Friend: Justice is the Right Consequence for Our Actions
As you are driving in the car with your family talk to them about rules of the road. Have them give a few examples of rules and laws of driving. Things like speed limits, stop signs and school zones. All of those rules and laws are good things and are in place for our own safety and well being. Then ask them if it would be wrong for an officer to give them a ticket for speeding. The answer is NO, that is not wrong it is just! Justice is a good thing and there are good, right and healthy consequences that can come with the decisions we make.
Counselor: Get in the Book!
As you are putting your family to bed bring everyone together to read a few verses from the Bible. Open to and read Romans 3:23-26. Have your family pay attention to how these verses show both God’s justice AND grace. Talk about how amazing and comforting it is to know that God is perfectly full of both.
Coach: Justice is Balanced With Grace
As you send your family off for the day remind them that God is both just and full of grace. Which means that God knows that they will not be perfect but His grace is enough to cover ANY imperfections. We understand that we deserve eternal death for our sins but because of God’s grace He chose to pour out His just wrath on Jesus. So that we who have trusted in Christ no longer have to be afraid because God has given us grace.
Thank God for being holy and just. Thank Him for the daily grace He showed you up to the day you placed your faith in Christ. Thank Him also for the everlasting grace He has given you because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Next week we will continue the month of November with the Godly characteristic of FEAR. We will learn that having the right view of God means understanding His perfect balance between justice and GRACE.
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