Devotion For Every Wednesday

The Value of Who We Are 

Romans 9:14-16

14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." 16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 

A hurricane swept through Puerto Rico a few weeks ago. The storm's powerful influence remains throughout all of the places, and brings suffering to all the residents. At a marketplace, they were selling four dollar bag of toilet paper for 10 dollars.  A two dollar, two-gallon jug was now selling for five dollars. Of course, gas prices are going up 30% higher. All agricultural products already went up sky high.  Many people have little or no choice but to pay up.  Some people try to capitalize on other people's hardship and misery, and take advantage of other's suffering in the wake of a hurricane.

However, the unjust acts on those who are in need might be interpreted using a different point of justice depending on who it is.  In order to have access to the marketplace to deliver agricultural products, a container truck has to drive through trash-filled debris, which causes a long delay, so the driver needs to take more time and use more gas in order to get to his destination. It costs more for the trucking company.

So, who can earn the virtue of justice? Those who need help and protection? Or, the merchants who risk their drivers to drive through the endangered freeway?  

Aristotle teaches that justice means giving people what they deserve; but, who can determine who deserves justice? 

In our human society, we are not able to point out clearly which is right and which is wrong. It is all relative. Who can judge that the life that I live is more valuable than yours?  

We should not say that since there is no absolute principle of justice, whatever we do should not be held against us. But God's justice should apply to who we are, not what we do.  We are all valuable. We all deserve compliments for our efforts to live our lives. God's grace should be seen in us. We are not judged by what can be seen outwardly, but who we believe in, in our hearts. 

Be confident and courageous in who you are.  You are good because our God who is good, sees all the goodness within you.

These devotions were written by Jay on every Wednesday.  You can read his weekly devotion in the weekly E-newsletter.