I am often asked how I would turn an outline into a sermon.  This is what I would do with the sermon, “God is Just.”

We all understand that our federal government is divided into three co-equal branches.  There is the executive branch, the legislative and the judicial branches.  The purpose of these three branches of government is to insure that the people of the US receive justice.  You see, very few people (masses or individuals) are just.  We tend to see things through the biases with which we have been raised and in which we live.

During the history of the Jewish people, especially during the time of Ezekiel, the nation God had chosen was being punished because they were wicked.  In fact, Ezekiel tells us that they were so evil that they thought God was the one who was bad.  In reality, we all live with a hint of that suspesion dwelling in our minds and seeping into our hearts.

Before I became a parent, I thought my mother and father were mean and hateful.  Then I had children; and I understood that they were simply trying to mold us into mature adults.  In fact, I often think that they were kind of soft on us.  I know of other parents who decided that they would be harder on their children because their parents were too easy.  “I thought my folks were tough but I’ve realized that they were wimps,” one neighbor confessed, while nursing a steaming cup of coffee.

The reality is that we cannot understand God.  Therefore, because his actions are so foreign to us, we think that God is mean.  The executive director and pastor of The Special Gathering often says that we can only see things through our own perspective.  That means that we understand what is happening from the way we see it.

Even though, it’s a hard lesson, we must learn to trust God and believe that His way is right no matter what happens.  Years ago, I was taking my children to the beach.  Usually, I would put the car keys in my pocket and lock my pocketbook in the trunk.  That day, scruffling to get everything out to the ocean, I forgot to lock my car and my purse up.

That night, I went to the car to get something out of my pocketbook and realized that my purse was gone.  I climbed back into the car, attempting to re-track my steps.  All the time I was driving, I was doing spiritual battle with myself.  That day, while sitting at the beach, watching my children play, I had promised the Lord that when bad things happened, I would no longer blame Him but I would realize that I was to blame and takeon the guilt for my mistakes.

My carnal logic had been that because I turn everything over to the Lord, He should keep me from doing stupid thing.  Of course, it’s not godly thinking but it was my thinking process.

As I scouring the community for my pocketbook that had our checkbook, credit cards and pretty much all of our financial lifeblood in it, I kept struggling with myself to acknowledge that God was not to blame for this problem.  Again and again, I would say outlough, “Lord, I know this isn’t your fault.  I know that I lost the pocketbook, not you.”  My mouth was saying one thing but my heart wanted to scream “God, why did you let this happen to ME?”  Finally, I said, “Lord, it doesn’t matter how I feel.  I know that you are not to blame.  I made the mistake.  I am to blame.  I will not blame you.”

As I walked into the door from my desperate searching, the phone was ringing.  “This is the Rockledge police department.  We have your pocketbook.  Can you come and get it?”  That night I experienced a clear act of God’s mercy and grace.  I learned to not blame God for my mistakes.  God is not responsible for my goofing up.

As a merciful bonus, I only had $.47 in my wallet.  The thieves took the money.  Then they tossed everything into the bushes on a lonely, almost deserted road.  A car behind them happened to see them toss the pocketbook.  He stopped, retieved my purse and took it to the police department.  Nothing was missing.  None of the cards had been used.

The Lord used this driver, even a couple of thieves to teach me a valuable lesson about His justice.  Because we are people who do not really understand what is right, we need God to help us understand.  Many times he uses other people to teach us about his loving and just ways.

God is Just
Ezekiel 18:2527
Central Theme: God is just, not like people.

Introduction–Show the a picture or a replica of the White House and the Congressional building. Talk about the three parts of our government. Each part of the government checks up on the other one; and they each have a only a part of the power. They balance each other out. That is because mankind is very wicked. Sometimes we are so evil that we think that even God is wicked.

I. Have a member read Ezekiel 18:25-27.
A. Tell about Ezekiel and how the people were being punished; yet they were still being evil and bad.
B. God said that they were so wicked that they even thought that God was evil.
C. Before my children became parents, they thought their dad and I were really mean and hateful.
1. Now they think we were really soft of them.
2. They are going to be tougher on their children.

II. We cannot understand God and sometimes we think that God is mean.
A. Richard Stimson says that we all see reality from our own perspective.
B. That means that we understand what is happening from the way we see it.

III. We must learn to trust God and believe that his way is right no matter that happens.
A. One day I lost your pocketbook and I wanted to blame God.  But I knew that was wrong and I told God that I knew I was the one to blame.  I asked that God would help me to find it.  I got home from looking for my pocketbook and I got a phone call from the police.  They had found it and not one penny or credit card was missing.
1. I learned to not blame God for my mistakes.
2. God is not responsible for my goofing up.

Conclusion–Because we are people who do not really understand what is right. We need godly people to help us understand.

God is Just

Ezekiel 18:25‑27

Central Theme:  God‘s is just, not like people.

Introduction–Show a picture of the white house and the congressional building.  Talk about the three parts of our federal government.  Each part of the government checks up on the other part; and they each control only a part of the power.  The three parts balance each other out.  That is because mankind is very wicked.  Sometimes we are so evil that we think that even God is wicked.

I.     Have a member read Ezekiel 18:25-27.

A. Tell about Ezekiel and how the people were being punished and they were still being evil and bad.

B.  God said that they were so wicked that they even thought that God was the bad one.

C. Before my children became parents, they thought we were really mean and hateful.

1.  Now they think we were really soft of them.

2.  They are going to be tougher on their children.

II.     We cannot understand God and sometimes we think that God is mean.

A. Richard Stimson says that we all see reality from our own perspective.

B.  That means that we understand what is happening from the way we see it.

III.     We must learn to trust God and believe that his way is right no matter that happens.

A. Tell about the day you lost your pocketbook and it was found in Merritt Island or another story where you learned not to blame God for the bad things that happen in your life.

1.  I learned to not blame God for my mistakes.

2.   God is not responsible for my goofing up.

Conclusion–Because we are people who do not really understand what is right, we need God to help us understand.  Many times he uses other people to teach us about Him.