Practical Truths to Know When You Want Justice

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We're talking about the justice system, our desire for fairness, and what we need to know to stand strong when life's not fair. Injustice is a part of life but we aren't helpless or hopeless.

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?
    Do you judge the people fairly?

Psalm 58:1

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;
even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.

Psalm 58:3

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.

Jesus said…

“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.

We're talking about the justice system, our desire for fairness, and what we need to know to stand strong when life's not fair. Injustice is a part of life but we aren't helpless or hopeless.

Let’s pray…

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.

We're talking about the justice system, our desire for fairness, and what we need to know to stand strong when life's not fair. Injustice is a part of life but we aren't helpless or hopeless.

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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  1. It is difficult for me to see the injustice in our own country on full display with those committing those crimes going scott-free, Deb. Instead of feeling frustrated, I’ve started to pray for those who are seeking power and control over everything else, that the Lord might soften their hearts and return to Him in repentance.

    1. Kathy Francescon says:

      Amen Martha! It is frustrating! I pray constantly for God’s mercy to turn all this around. I too, pray for those enemies of our country and this world. While it may not be in my lifetime, God is coming back and in the end, right will defeat all the wrong. And I am trying so very hard to be patient…but somedays it is so hard.

    2. I agree, Martha! I have to continually give it all to God and trust that He is able to care for us and turn it around. That is my prayer. May hearts be softened and His name proclaimed. Blessings!

  2. Kathy Francescon says:

    How my heart needed this post today, Deb. I have grieved for the innocence and the goodness that I was taught to believe in. To always think the best about everyone, to always see the good in everything. Seeing the unjust corruption and unfairness that is winning out on every side of humanity today, breaks my heart on so many levels. Thank you so much for reminding me that complaining, anger, and disdain, are so counter productive and never a remedy for anything!
    Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for HE it is that shall tread down our enemies. My greatest concern should always be how to better serve my God, and let Him take care of the rest! Blessings for the cares of this world to fall away! May we all enjoy delighting in the goodness of God!

    1. I’m glad it helped, Kathy! I need to constantly remember that the Lord is greater than what we see going on around us and He is a God who is righteous and just. We can trust Him. And yes, may we also focus on ways we can serve Him and share His love. Thanks as always. Blessings and hugs!

    2. Carol M Turner says:

      This is the 1st time I’ve read Psalm 60:12. It fits in so well with this topic. I learned from it.

  3. Ana Cordova says:

    Everyday we are hearing more and more shootings, people driving reckless, insensitive people, disrespectful and the list goes on. Boy it is a sad world we are living. We need to pray daily and trust God that he will prevail in this horrible world. Help me to trust in you that you will soften the hearts of all those person that do not have God in their lives. Continue to help me be a loving person towards others even when they are not kind and to forgive them with through your grace, mercy, and humbleness.
    Protect us dear Lord everywhere we are that we can imitate you to live like you.
    Have a good night and blessings to all.????

    1. Thank you for sharing your prayer with us, Ana. Yes, may the Lord watch over us, protect us, and keep us focused on Him. God bless you!

  4. Carol M Turner says:

    Also….I just saw the page for today’s date on this little perpetual calendar I have. I’m going to share it because it seems to me to fit this conversation…
    The word hope I take for faith; and indeed, hope
    is nothing else but the constancy of faith.
    John Calvin

    1. I love that, Carol! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. God bless you!