Do you believe most people around the world live under a fair system of justice? Do you believe that the justice system in the United States is fair?
David began Psalm 58 with these words…
Justice—do you rulers know the meaning of the word?Psalm 58:1
Do you judge the people fairly?
The Life Application Bible Notes add…
“The Old Testament is filled with references to justice—it is a key topic in the Psalms. Unfortunately many judges and rulers in ancient times took justice into their own hands.”
How many times this year have we talked about the similarities between then and now? I feel like I quote Solomon’s words…
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.Ecclesiastes 1:9
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that there have been and continue to be unjust leaders and judges throughout the world.
David continued by saying…
Wicked people are born sinners;Psalm 58:3
even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.
There will always be people who use fear and injustice to gain control and power over others . . . it’s been going on since the first sinners were banished from the Garden.
I know there are people who are concerned because the justice system appears to be biased against Christians who promote Biblical beliefs, values, and morals.
But again, we shouldn’t be surprised.
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.”John 15:18–19
Jesus came into this unjust world knowing that He would be hated but He chose to come anyway because He chose us. We belong to Him. He says that we no longer belong to this world when we surrender our lives to Him in faith.
Because we belong to Him, we have His promise…
I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.John 15:26
And through the Spirit, we know that even though injustice is a part of our world . . . we are not helpless nor are we hopeless.
We have a whole list of things to do as children of God:
- Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. (Isaiah 1:17)
- Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. (Matthew 7:12)
- Act justly, love faithfulness, and live humbly. (Micah 6:8)
- Do what is right, just, and fair. (Proverbs 2:1–9)
- Trust God’s justice. (Isaiah 5:16 and Galatians 6:7)
- Know that Jesus will reign with justice forever and always. (Hebrews 1:8)
The injustices of this world are temporary. Jesus has overcome the world and His return is nearer than it has ever been before. So, thank God and live with hope . . . we have the Holy Spirit to keep us focused on our future with the One who will reign forever with perfect justice.
A Prayer Asking For God’s Justice
Father, I want to believe that our leaders are fair and just but as David questioned whether the rulers of his day ruled fairly, I think many wonder that today. Are decisions made for political favor and power? Are sides manipulated for personal enrichment and gain? There truly is nothing new. What’s been done before is being done again.
Thank you for coming into this unjust world and suffering my punishment for me. That’s not fair and yet, You chose to do it anyway. Thank you for sending the Spirit to remind me of Your truth and guide me to treat everyone as someone who is created in Your image and dearly loved by You.
I know I have a choice to make. I can focus on what’s unfair and whine or I can give it all to You and do what I am able to do as You give me opportunities. Please give me the strength and courage to faithfully do what is right, just, and fair. Please help me act justly, love faithfully, and live humbly. Give me a caring and compassionate heart to help and encourage those who are distressed as a result of people treating them unfairly. And please help me be a living example of Your perfect, generous love. Amen.
So, what do you think . . . do we live under a fair system of justice?
If the answer is “no,” what are we prepared to do about it?
If you’re like me, you are probably most likely to get upset and complain about it. But the truth is, that doesn’t accomplish anything. Grumbling just ruins my mood and it’s completely unproductive and unprofitable.
So, I’m going to prayerfully take my complaints to God. I will do my best to treat everyone the way I would like them to treat me. I will trust that God is at work for the good of those who love and trust Him. And I will set my focus on the day when the Lord will rule with perfect justice forever.
May the Lord bless you as you set your heart and mind on Him and live justly.
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