“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.” (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7 NIV)
God brings justice to all.
Amid a Presidential election, pandemic, and overall world crisis, truth is hard to find. Watching the craziness of political candidates push forward their plan is not easy. But we can rest well, knowing God is in charge. Wrapping our minds around God’s sovereignty in a world of chaos brings sanity. If we want truth and justice, we must seek Him in all things.
People don’t tell the whole story. Typically, the part told is the one that makes them look best. However, God doesn’t do half-truths. His justice isn’t partial; it is full. We all fall under God’s scrutiny. He brings justice and hope to everyone. No matter what position we hold, none of us escapes the watchful eye of God.
God’s justice applies to all.
One of our dear friends is a lawyer. We were talking about life in the legal profession. He told us a story about his mentor. When meeting with a new client, he asked the same question: “How are they goin’ to lie on ya?” Whatever that part of the story was, he knew it was closer to the whole truth. That technique is how he decided whether or not to take the case. With a broader picture, we make better decisions. God has the most comprehensive view of all. God chooses who needs justice and who needs hope. He also decides when.
Nothing God does is ever on our timetable. Nor how we think. Understanding God’s sovereignty means not having all of the answers. Why some people appear to get justice, and others don’t is not an easy question. Accepting the answer may not come this side of heaven is challenging. Why do innocent people spend years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit? Why is the sex slave trade so rampant in our world? Where is the justice in people dying from an unseen virus? I have no answers to these questions; only God does.
He brings justice and hope with Jesus. When He climbed on the cross for our sins, justice happened. All sins paid, once and for all. When He rose again on the third day, He brought hope. He gave us eternal life, so we know, this world isn’t all there is. We have eternity to ask God the questions we can’t answer now.
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deut. 29:29 NIV)
God brings justice and hope to all through Jesus. His timing is never late.
Question of the Day:
What do you want from God today, justice, or hope?
Further Reading:Jeremiah 22:1-23:20 NIV, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 NIV, Psalm 83 NIV, Proverbs 25:11-14 NIV