The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Escaping Justice

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” - Thomas Jefferson

Be sure your sin will find you out. - Numbers 32:23b

Deference: “humble submission and respect” - New Oxford American Dictionary

On my way home from work one night, I heard a blues song on the radio.  It went something like this, “Do me a favor, keep my business to yourself.  I don’t want you to tell nobody, lord don’t tell nobody else.”  Of course the lyrics are speaking of an affair to keep secret, but how often do we wish the same?  How often do we want our secrets kept?  How often do we act like nobody will find out?  Or that no one sees?  We forget, the One that really matter sees everything we do.  He sees us when we’re in public and He sees us when nobody else can.  He even sees our thoughts and our tendencies.  What’s more, He’ll make a judgement on them.  To be honest, it sucks.  But you already knew that.  People inherently believe in justice.  Some call it just due.  Some call it karma.  Some call it simply getting what we deserve.  We all want justice, just not for us.  We all want mercy, just not for those who've done us wrong.  Without Jesus it’s all a giant big mess.  Fortunately, thankfully, we have Jesus.  He solves the problem of justice and injustice.  He’s able to save us all from our secrets.  He’s even able to help us accept and live with those we’ve wronged and those we’ve been wronged by.  He’s Jesus.  What more is there to say.  Everything is just a little depressing without Him.  Karma wants to get us all back.  But Jesus can change a heart and forgive all sins.  However, it takes a focus on and a deference to Him.  People want to punish, He wants to heal.  People want revenge, He wants recovery.  People don’t know anything but incrimination, He wants us all to understand justification.  Jesus flips the tables on us.  Remember the tables He flipped at the temple?  He’s flipping ours too.  Our neat little justice system; flipped.  Our picket lines of protest; upside down.  Our measurements of goodness and evil; scattered in the wind.  In Jesus there is more than a solution, there is an eraser.  The problem that can’t be solved?  It’s simply destroyed and wiped away.  The ill effects we live with?  Their causes no longer exist.  The struggle to balance good and evil?  Who needs to tilt a scale when it’s all good?  Jesus!  Do you have Him?  He’s the only way to escape the kind of justice we’re all trying to avoid.  He's the only source of mercy.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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