Proverbs 11: King James Bible
A Just Weight – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eleven, Verse 1
1 A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Just Weight
Right off the bat, in the first verse of this chapter, we get some information about the Lord himself. This being something that is an abomination in his eyes, and something that he delights in.
The Father is THE Just Judge, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is delighted in a just weight. You’ll be hard pressed to find any verse or evidence in the scriptures, New or Old Testaments, where the Lord has something bad to say about justice.
Sometimes, I believe people tend to confuse justice and fairness. The fact is, these words are no where near synonymous, relating to the justice we find in the Word of God.
The first and ultimate act of Justice that we’re made aware of in the Word, is the fall of man back in the Garden of Eden. The Father established the law, a whopping one rule to obey, which was don’t eat of of that tree over there, or you will surely die.
This never ceases to amaze me, to be completely honest with you. Across the face of the entire earth, there was one law, at least relating to Adam and Eve. Despite that incredible fact, they broke that law (you all know the story).
Despite the intentions, plans, and love, the Lord had for mankind, and all of his creation, he meant what he said, and said what he meant. Then, he followed through with the punishment, because if he refused to do so for whatever the reason, it would have made him a liar, and unjust.
Now, here we are approximately 6,000 years later, and the fall is still taking its toll across the face of the earth. To this day, we are plagued by the curse the Lord placed on Adam. Jesus is the remedy for that for those of us who choose to take advantage of what the Lord has prepared for us. But we still die, we still toil, we still experience a variety of degrees of suffering. However, our hope in Christ is what’s to come, rather than the here and now.
Some people would say that this extreme judgement that the Lord leveled upon Adam and Eve isn’t fair to the rest of us. And they’re right! It’s not fair, but it’s just. We are Adam’s seed, no matter how you slice it. We bear that punishment, and will continue to do so until there is a new heaven and new earth.
Adam and Eve both changed physically, and we bear those changes today. I’d go farther and say that we’ve physically degenerated since Adam for several reasons, but that’s a whole other issue…
Nobody knows how far removed fairness is from Justice better than the Lord. Did Jesus deserve to be treated the way he was treated? Did he deserve to die in the most painful and miserable fashion available at the time? Did he deserve to be mocked, betrayed, and scourged? Of course not, how could anyone think that to be fair? But by the Father’s standard, it was just.
He had to do it, because of his love for us, and because he is the only one worthy, to recover the connection between God and man. Christ Jesus the Lord; the second Adam. It had to go that way, because the Father is just, even when it hurts for him to be so.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 5: King James Bible
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Romans 2: King James Bible
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.)
Romans 5: King James Bible
Romans 5: King James Bible
1 Corinthians 15: King James Bible
Colossians 4: King James Bible
1 Peter 3: King James Bible
1 John 1: King James Bible
In all that we do, please help us to stay in the realm of delighting you. Help us to be more just in all of our ways, and to be fair when it’s appropriate, but not at the expense of what is just in your eyes. Teach us, mold us, and form us, as a potter with his clay, to be ready and able, when the time comes for us to fulfill the positions you’ve set aside for us. Not just for while we’re on this earth, but also afterward. In the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever been victim of someone not using a just weight?