By E L Thornton
Gen. 18:17-25 “And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
I remember the days of a handshake. My dad would sale a cow to a friend with a handshake. Or a mule, or plow tools would be transferred to another with a handshake. My family purchased our first home from the Erickson family and agreed to pay monthly with just a handshake. No contracts involved, no signing of papers necessary. People would do you right.
A mans word was his honor. This nation needs men whose word is their bond. Men who cannot be bought, men who put character above getting ahead, and men who are larger than their vocations. We need men who will not lose their individuality in a crowd, men who will be honest in small things as well as in great things, and men who will make no compromise with wrong, whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires. Men who will not say they do it because everybody else does it, men who are true to their friends through the good report and the evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity, men who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success, The world needs men who are not ashamed nor afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular, who can say “no” with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says “yes.” And we need men who will do you right.
When you go outside church ranks for friendship you need to be careful because there are not many you can trust to do you right. We have all been done wrong by some high pressure come on, or by a totally deceitful incident, which left us with tongue in cheek wondering how we let it happen to us.
We have been wronged by everything between the car salesmen and the next door neighbor.
But that friend of God, the father of the Faithful, that old patriot, Abraham, told us God will do you right. Even when you’ve done wrong, God will do you right.
It is possible for man to change the mind of God, for in this text God gives Abraham an opportunity to bargain with Him about the future of the wicked cities Sodom and Gomorrah, but for my subject, in this message, I will deal with the last line of verse 25, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
I. GOD HAS NEVER DONE WRONG:
Deut. 32:4 “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
No fault in God. Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
Pilate was not the first nor the last to say “I find no fault in Him.” (John 19:4)
Though men have not spoken those exact words the message has been implied all down through the ages of time.
Job 1:20-22 “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
When it looked like everything bad that could happen, happened, Job still didn’t have any thing against God.
Even when it came to the judgments of God toward the people, there was always a warning and a space to change before the judgment came.
II. GOD SEES YOU THE WAY YOU ARE:
Prov. 15:3 “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
You can be sure God sees the evil. Every time there is an injustice, God sees.
Every time a widow is cheated, God sees. Every time a step child is mistreatment, God sees. Every time some inhuman molest a child, God sees. Every time there is an embezzlement at the bank, God sees. Every time there is an over charge for some cheap item, God sees. Every time you are not treated fair in a business deal, God sees. Every time a child rebels against authority, God sees. God sees every inequity, every grievance, every unfairness, every wrong, every prejudice, every deceit, every maltreatment, every injury, every ordeal, every encumbrance, every immorality, the bigotry, the dissimulation, the treachery, and the mischief, man does. Be sure God sees all, ALL, the evil of man.
You can be sure God sees the good. You cannot do good without God seeing it.
God sees every time you was honest when you could have been differently. God sees every time you remained pure when you could have done different. God sees every time you helped when there was a need. God sees every time you place your offering of worship in the offering plates. God sees every word of kindness you speak. God sees every time you spoke a word of encouragement to someone.
Did you read the article in news paper of somebody winning 1 million in a McDonald’s peel-off game. The winner of the McDonald’s Monopoly contest took a game piece worth $1 million, put it in a plain white envelope and mailed it, anonymously, to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tenn.. (Dec. 8, 1995) They may have sent it anonymously, but God knows who did it. God sees the good.
Yes! “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” And He will do you right.
III. GOD WILL DO YOU RIGHT:
In this present life.
When you’re tired and weary and you can’t go on, God will do you right.
When the path you’re walking seems all up hill, God will do you right.
When your bright skies turn to an ominous gray, God will do you right.
When you walk in the valley of the shadow of death, God will do you right
When you’re cast into deep depression, God will do you right.
When Satan is fighting you with all his might, God will do you right.
When you climb up the rough side of the mountain, God will do you right
When trials have come and things go wrong, God will do you right.
When life is inauspicious and your health gets bad, God will do you right.
When you’re out on a limb and the money all gone, God will do you right
When winds of sorrow are portentous, God will do you right.
When Satan clutters up your mind with unbelief, God will do you right.
When faith has gave way to doubt, God will do you right.
When discord is all around, God will do you right.
When you’re having good days one after another, God will do you right.
When the sun is bright and there’s no clouds, God will do you right.
When money is rolling in and the kids are behaving, God will do you right
Build your hopes on things eternal, God will do you right.
Hold to God’s unchanging hand, God will do you right
In time to come God will do you right.
2 Tim 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
There are, in all probability, times when the district judge has been wrong in his judgment, partial or biased in his decisions. But you have to notice what kind of judge Paul said God would be when He judges your case. “The righteous judge.”
Rev. 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
Every man is judged without partiality, without favoritism, and without any prejudice.