Moved, Not Impressed

9 There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.

God is impartial as to His judgments upon mankind, whether handing out tribulation and distress to the wicked, or glory and honor and peace to the righteous.  He is indeed no respecter of persons, whether Jew or Greek.

As any of us stand in the middle of a downtown city, we look about us and see all kinds of buildings, with various heights and stature.  Yet, if we were to rise just a few miles from the same spot, the heights of the buildings would be indistinguishable from one another.  None, on their own, would stand out enough to draw our attention; they would all just be the tops of buildings.  Well, from God’s vantage point, which is high and lifted up, the things that distinguish persons below have no effect upon Him.  We are all, both Jew and Greek alike, simply the same — lost sinners in need of grace.

And yet, God’s vision is not limited to only a view from His throne.  Because He is omnipresent, He in fact does see all the various works of mankind, some of which are plainly “higher” than others, and is therefore able to judge them rightly and accordingly.

Thank You, Lord, for Your righteous judgments upon all of us.  You show mercy, not because You are impressed, but because You are moved with compassion.  Thank You for Your mercies upon us!  Help us This Day not to try to impress You — but only to try to serve You.  Amen.