Saturday, August 26, 2017

Justice in an Unjust World

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, 
so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.  
Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts 
and flog you in their synagogues. ...

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  
It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, 
and the servant like his master.  
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, 
how much more will they malign those of his household.
So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed,  
or hidden that will not be known. 
Jesus, Matthew 10:16-17; 24-26

We live in a fallen world.  A place where injustice and evil often appear to rule.  I thank God today that what appears to be true is not.

God is a God of justice.  
He will bring about final and complete justice for all wrongs.

Friends, we can take hope in this truth.  Whatever wrong you have experienced, whatever injustice you have endured, whatever slight you have experienced, God knows.  

Furthermore, if we have experienced any of these in the name and service of Jesus, we should not be surprised.  Jesus suffered the same treatment.  Take heart, even the secret sins of those who malign you and Jesus will be made known.  

Because God is a God of justice, eventually, we reap what we sow.

Where is grace in all this?

It is ever-present.  Grace reveals truth.  It faces it full on.  Grace grants pardon for those in Christ, but it does not diminish truth and justice.  

So, in the midst of injustice, I encourage you to take heart.  Trust in the God who will brings justice.  Pray it comes swiftly, but know it will come.  Thank God that He can even use injustice to bring about His Kingdom work.  This is true on a broad scale, but also in your life.  

I know it does not feel like it.  Injustice and wrong against us feels so wrong.  Why?  Because it is!  Yet, as we learn to lean into God, as we trust He will bring justice, we grow deeper.

How?

As James put it, "We should count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds, 
for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  
And let steadfastness have its full effect, 
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." 
James 1: 2-3

Justice is coming!