By Maureen Kasdorf
“That’s not fair!”
“Why do we always have to do it his way?”
“It’s my turn!”
“He always gets one!”
“What about me?”
“Why does she always get away with that?”
You may have heard these in a tiny whiny voice from the little humans at your house, or maybe you’ve grumbled them under your breath at work. At some point in our lives we have all dealt with some form of injustice. Whether it’s the size of a slice of cake or the size of a pay raise, we know and feel when something isn’t fair.
The reason we desire equity is because, as people made in the image of God, we bear the trait of justice. Psalm 50:6 says, “And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge.” Not only is he judge, but according to Psalm 7:11 “God is a righteous judge.” As the only righteous judge, God is just, fair, equitable, impartial, objective, neutral, and honest. We long for this justice here on earth.
We expect the qualities of fairness, neutrality, and objectivity in the Justices who serve in our country, but true justice is impossible apart from God. Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes writes, “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked…” (3:17). This gets to our very core; we want the bad guy to get his comeuppance and we want to be rewarded for our good behavior. But sometimes it doesn’t work that way. Sometimes the bad guys get away with it.
When we have the opportunity to act justly or to right an injustice, then we are called to act. But in cases where there is unsatisfying earthly justice, we must wait on God who judges justly. Deuteronomy 32:35 says, “It is mine to avenge. I will repay.” Romans 12:19 tells us, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath.” And in 1 Peter 2:23 Peter writes of Jesus in his final hours, “When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”
When our kids feel a sense of injustice and it is in our power to make it right, we do it. Micah 6:8 gives us instructions, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” The longing we feel for things to be made right by the Just judge is our longing for redemption. Only God, who is impartial, can make it right. So, until He ushers in final redemption, we wait. We don’t seek justice or vengeance for ourselves.
Lord, give us patience to wait on your perfect judgment. Show us where to act and when to trust. We give you our anxious hearts. Reveal and heal the places where we are hung up on an injustice. On you we wait, Almighty Judge, Jesus. Amen.