Bible Verse: “The Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4
Scripture Reading: Genesis 18:22-33
Have you ever been cut off by someone when you were driving? What is your first instinct? Mine is to do something where I can get somewhat even. I was wronged, and somehow I feel better if I’m honking my horn loudly and saying some words other than “Jesus loves you.” There is something inside of every human that knows justice is needed when we have been wronged or dishonoured.
Your desire for justice is a glimpse of the image of God in you.
Because God is the creator of all things, He is also the final standard for what is right and wrong. Many believe they can create their own definition of morality, but if this were true, it would ultimately lead to anarchy.
Not only does God define what is right and wrong, but He also always does what is right. You know in your gut that justice is proper when someone has been wronged. The good news is that God promises that every injustice on the earth will be repaid and dealt with (Romans 12:17-10). You can count on God to be just wherever you have been wronged.
God’s commitment to bringing justice to every injustice gives us space to exhale a bit, and if you are like me, it makes you feel good because you know God can do much better at repaying injustice than you can. The all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God sees every single wrong that has been committed. He knows how people exploit and abuse others and promises to deal with it. There is something satisfying and hopeful about this truth.
However, the story changes quickly when we think about ourselves as the ones who did something wrong. Suddenly, we don’t want to think about justice anymore.
Every person who has ever existed (including you) has wronged God or dishonoured Him somehow. This is called sin. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). God’s justice and righteousness require a penalty for your sin.
God is just – it’s a good thing He is also good!
Prayer: Father, help me trust the world’s injustices to Your care – because You are good. Please help me to respond to injustice in a way that reflects who You are. Please help me to grasp the depth of the injustices I have committed against You.
Reflection: Consider how God has treated you in response to how you have wronged or dishonoured him. How does that influence how you respond to those who wrong you?
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