Is God just? Is he fair?
Is the world just?
How does justice fit into our lives as followers of Jesus?
The topic of the summer here at The EDGE is justice, and we will be looking at these kinds of questions in our Justice League series. We launched into this topic this past Sunday night and will be spending another 6 week addressing the subject.
This week we focused on the first two questions: Is God just? And, is the world just?
It’s easy to look at the world around us and think that life is not fair. And if life is not just, then how can we really believe that God is just and fair, or even that he is there at all? These are questions that we often hear people ask, and maybe ones that we have wondered about ourselves.
The Bible gives us an answer to these questions.
Deuteronomy 32:4 tells us that God is in fact just:
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
At the same time, Lamentations gives us a hint as to why we don’t always see that justice at work in the world.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
God is just and he cares about the state of the world, yet his love and compassion for people keeps him from bringing his hammer of justice down on us all. If God, who is perfectly just, corrected every wrong thing that is done in this world, none of us would stand a chance. We’ve all done unjust things after all. God’s love holds him back for the time being, giving all of us a chance to turn away from our acts of injustice, and follow Jesus, the only truly just person who ever lived.
God has chosen to be patient with us for a time. But rest assured that God will not let injustice continue forever. God wants justice, and He will bring it. Which side do you want to be on?
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!