Justice

We all want justice. We want the person who wronged us to face consequences. We expect the law to protect us. When justice fails us, we are left wondering where is God.

Recently, two different families I know and love has had justice fail them. They were fighting for the rights and protection of children. We expect the law to make sense and be in favor of the victims. However, it seems that justice can’t be counted on. Laws have loop holes, and accountability is hard to come by.

The level of frustration was palpable through the phone when I heard, “We have to trust God.” I thought, “Wow.” I was impressed by her level of trust while I was dumbfounded wondering what to do next. She was right. God is at work in this, and just can’t see it, yet.

Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” (Luke 18:6-8 MSG).

She and this scripture reminded me that my sight is limited. I can’t see all the things that God is doing in these situations to change hearts, move mountains, save lives and bring grace and mercy to those in need. I only see what my heart wants. I can’t see 10, 20 or 50 years from now. I don’t know the testimonies He’s cultivating. I don’t see the  justice He is bringing.

I can wave my fist and stomp my feet all the injustice in this world and so close to home, but God calls me to listen carefully and pray fervently. There may be a time for me to act, to move, to participate in His justice. I need to be ready to do what I can when He declares the time is right. In the current situations, my hands are tied, but there may be a time in the future serve His justice. In the meantime, I trust He is in control, His love is more powerful, and He will not drag His feet even if I never see the outcome.

How have you learned to trust in God’s justice? How has he challenged you in this? Share your story here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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2 comments on “Justice
  1. Sally Pesta says:

    The life story of my nephew Sam.
    The woman who drove in the bike lane and struck him? nothing.
    Sam lives with the repercussions of her bad decision. Sam’s family lives it everyday as they lovingly care for Sam.
    I first hand witnessed Sam’s mom say “how terrible for this woman and we have to forgive her” and my Jesus side said Yes… and my human side said NO! Its still a struggle for me to reconcile those feelings.
    We KNOW that Sam’s man spirit is intact and was NEVER damaged.
    We KNOW that prior to the accident, Sam asked to be baptized and professed his faith.
    We KNOW that the promises of Sam’s healing are written in the stripes that bloodied the back of Jesus.
    Will we see that healing on earth? the hard truth is probably not. Do we ever stop believing that miracles could happen? We have already seen so many.
    We KNOW that we will run with Sam and have many conversations in Heaven.
    We HOLD onto that promise.

  2. Mary Michener says:

    Thank you for sharing this story, Sally. You are exactly right. We hold onto the promises.

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