Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Daily Devotion: Drug Store Justice (The Prescription for Justice)

Bible Reading:  Psalm 89:1-15

Key Verse: Verse 14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

Key Words: Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne

God is “just” which means he must pronounce judgment on all the unjust. No injustice can go without judgment being pronounced.

There is a great example of justice and judgment found in Reader’s Digests “Strange Stories.”

Dr. Charles Meyer, a German druggist and an educated man, was often called upon to settle disputes in the lawless town of Tucson, Arizona, in the mid-1800s. He owned two books—perhaps the only two in town. Both were in German. One was about setting broken bones; the other was a material medica, dealing with medicinal drugs.

Meyer became the town’s justice of the peace and set up court in his drugstore. When confronted with a difficult case, he would open his material medica and study it solemnly. Then he would declare something like, “I find here a case quite similar to the one we face. It says that the plaintiff is correct and the defendant is guilty and owes him $1. Case dismissed.”

People seldom challenged Meyer’s decisions. If they did, he doubled the fine. A lawyer once demanded a trial by jury. “What is a jury?” Meyer asked. When told, he sentenced the client to two weeks on a chain gang, cleaning the streets and removing sewage. The lawyer got one week. The druggist-justice asked, “Now, how do you like that trial by jury?”

Another time, after Meyer and a friend had been stopped by the town marshal for exceeding the five-mile-an-hour speed limit behind a team of spirited horses, he fined his friend $15, then doffed his robe, stood before the bench, and fined himself $25. 

No injustice went unpunished. So it is with God. Be sure your sin will find you out. A just God must always carry out just judgment. I’m not sure about you, but it makes me think twice before acting.

What to do:
✞ Remember—all injustices are known by God. So think twice!

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