God of Justice
Text: Jeremiah 30:11 – For I am with you and will save you says the Lord. I will destroy the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not destroy you. But I must discipline you; I cannot let you go unpunished (New Living Translation).
Succinctly put, God is love (1 John 4:4), but He is also God of justice, who loves sinners but hates sin. Note what God promises to do in this passage. He promised to destroy those nations. What was His reason for that? He will also punish His people because every sin attracts punishment (cf. Romans 6:23). You should note that even though God’s mercies endure forever, a time would come when you cannot find Him (Isaiah 55:6).
God was the one that sent the Israelites to captivity. Unfortunately, their captors abuse the rare privilege God granted them. This act attracted the anger of God that led to our text. Geneva Bible Notes commented on this verse saying, “In this is commanded God’s great mercy toward his, who does not destroy them for their sins, but corrects and chastises them till he has purged and pardoned them and so burns the rods by which he punished them, Isa 33:1.” This is what our God is all about – mercy.
The punishment is not for the captors alone but the captives, which justifies Ezekiel 18:14. Therefore do not think because you are a Christian you will be justified when punished by unbeliever whom God is using. When God punishes you for an offence bear it because it does not mean He hates you (Hebrews 12:5-11).
FFT: Love does not exclude punishment
1) Thank God, for He tempers justice with mercy.
2) Ask God to make you hate evil.
3) Ask for the spirit of obedience.
4) Pray that if you are punished for any offence, you will bear it in good faith.