The Joy of Not Getting What We Deserve


It’s happened to many of us. We, despite our knowledge of what is right, use a circumstance to justify our bending or breaking of a rule or law. Let’s take a not so egregious one.

You are late to an important meeting. If you hurry, you can make it on time. You begin to drive at a more rapid pace than normal. Alright, you are down right speeding. Then, your heart stalls and skips a beat as you catch a glimpse of those flashing blue lights. As you pull over, your heart is now pounding seemingly in an effort to run away and out of your body. You slowly roll the window down as if it will delay the ticket you begin fretting in your mind as you contemplate where you will get the funds to pay it. The officer asks for your license and registration. He strolls back to his vehicle and gets inside.

After those moments that seemed like an eternity, he returns handing you your license and registration. He conveys that you were 28 miles above the speed limit.  He tears off the ticket and tells you, “Slow down! You could injury yourself or someone else. This is your warning.” With utter thanksgiving in your heart, you thank him repeatedly, “Thank you officer, thank you, thank you.” As he turns to walk away, you press your head against the back of your head rest in sheer relief that you didn’t get the ticket you deserved.

We have all been in some situation where we did not get what we deserved, and we were grateful. In Job 33, this is partly what is being stated. Let’s listen in

23 “Yet if there is an angel on his side
as a mediator, one out of a thousand,
to tell a man what is right for him,
24 to be gracious to him and say,
‘Spare him from going down to the pit;
I have found a ransom for him’—
25 then his flesh is renewed like a child’s;
it is restored as in the days of his youth.
26 He prays to God and finds favor with him,
he sees God’s face and shouts for joy;
he is restored by God to his righteous state.
27 Then he comes to men and says,
  ‘I sinned, and perverted what was right,
but I did not get what I deserved.
28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit,
and I will live to enjoy the light.’

As we have been looking at joy, Job provides insight into experiencing The Joy of Not Getting What We Deserve. Let me make it clear to us all. We deserve the worst God could give to us for our disrespect of His sacrifice and suffering and for our disobedience of His Holy Word which describes our sin. Isaiah 59:2 tells us “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” We know from that verse sin separates man from God. We know from Romans 3:23 that “… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We know from Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is death”. Like the driver who sped, we are guilty. We deserve death, separation from God for eternity i.e. hell.

Job, however, gives us insight into The Joy of Not Getting What We Deserve. Romans 6:23 in addition to telling us “the wages of sin is death” also conveys to us “, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we sin, we pervert what is right, the truth of God, and we deserve eternal separation as punishment. The Joy of Not Getting What We Deserve should lead us all to thanksgiving and worship for God has not given us what we deserve.

What will you do with the opportunity that God has given you today? If you are reading this, He has not required your soul of you today. Surrender your life to Christ Jesus and receive the salvation of your soul, the forgiveness of your sins. “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. (Acts 13:38) As with the officer, utter your sheer thanksgiving thanking Jesus for His sacrifice that affords you the opportunity to not get what you deserve. Receive salvation, and experience The Joy of Not Getting What We Deserve for eternity.

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