The Lord Weighs the Spirits

Dr. Patrick Briney

Dr. Patrick Briney

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All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

Proverbs 16:2

There is one, true standard of righteousness in all of creation and that is the standard of the one, true and living God, Jehovah. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 Timothy 3:16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1: 1, 14

As Creator of all things, He is the sole Architect, Designer, and Engineer of all things. He alone is the standard. He alone knows the best way to make things work in creation, even relationships between people. But He does not keep this knowledge to Himself. He shares it with us.

Though men love to judge one another and impose their personal standards of self-righteousness, whether accusing or excusing one another, in the end, all will answer to God.

God answers to no one, never has, and never will. Though men will debate their cause and argue that God Himself must be wrong, God will be judged by no man. All standards will be measured against His standard. No one will be justified in accusing the Lord, saying,

But Lord, you can’t do this or that because…. This is not the way I would do it.

Many have already judged God and concluded that He is not merciful and all-powerful because He allows evil and suffering on the innocent. Others argue that He is unrighteous not to reward their many wonderful works done in His name. But to their dismay, many will discover that He is not unrighteous and makes no mistakes.

The error is their own. The mistake is failure to listen to God and obey Him. There is only one judge and one standard by which all others will be judged.

Humble yourself before Him and pray, Lord, be merciful unto me, a sinner. Thy will be done.

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