Monday, May 13

Sharing God’s Hope: Justice

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. [Isaiah 11:34]

Working in an elementary school, issues of fairness and justice come up on a regular basis. Definitely daily. Probably hourly. And some days it’s just one crisis after another. It’s tough being a kid. Especially when there are all-knowing adults smiling and shrugging -- “Well, life’s not fair. Get over it.” I try not to be that adult.

It’s true that there is a lot of unfairness and injustice that occurs in our broken world. Life isn’t fair. But I don’t think we should simply get over it. Our desire for justice and equity isn’t a childish notion meant to be outgrown. We have been made in God’s image, and our God is a God of justice. But it does require wisdom to pursue it in a God-honoring manner.

Our desire for fairness (even as all-knowing adults) can cause us to resent the poor for receiving “handouts” or inspire us to reach out in generosity to those less fortunate. Our desire for fairness can cause us to resent the foreigner for seeking refuge the “wrong way” or inspire us to extend grace, knowing that we, too, were once foreigners and strangers.

No earthly authority has ever exercised perfect justice. As hard as I try, I know I fail on a regular basis. Definitely daily. Probably hourly. Maybe you are wiser than me, but even Solomon in all his wisdom made mistakes.

So I look forward to the day when the King of Kings and Lord of Lords will make all wrongs right and God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

PRAYER: Lord, I know that You secure justice for the poor and uphold the cause of the needy. Surely the righteous will praise Your name, and the upright will live in Your presence. [Psalm 140:12-13]

Lacey Sharpe