When we’ve been wronged, or we see injustice in the world, we find an indescribable yearning for justice burning within our chests. In these times, we drop to our knees as we cry, “God, where are you? Why have you not intervened and brought justice? When will you return to call us home?”
As humans, we want justice. We want justice now, and we want justice based on our terms. Instead of wondering why justice isn’t being fulfilled now, we should be wondering at God’s mercy.
In the Bible, we see cases of God’s perfectly-justified judgement upon people and nations. When the earth was flooded in Genesis due to people’s sin. When Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. When Korah and his followers were swallowed by the earth. When Uzzah fell dead for touching the Ark of the Covenant. When bears mauled the men that had jeered at Elisha. The death of Ananias and Sapphira in the early days of the church.
What we fail to remember is that we have a perfect Father and Creator, who has every right to bring justice against humans for the sins we commit. Yet, there have been endless instances where God has restrained His justified wrath from burning against us.
God gave the people of the earth 120 years to repent and change their ways before the flood, in which He spared Noah and his family. God was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if only 10 righteous people could be found within the cities. God spared the Israelites from judgement that Korah brought upon himself, his family, and his followers. God protected Rahab and her family during the Israelite’s destruction of Jericho. God spared the wicked city of Nineveh from judgement for their sins.
God is justified to bring judgement upon us, yet so often He exercises mercy (do not mistake this for an excuse to sin). When we see situations in our lives where we long for justice, we must remember that God’s justice will be carried out in His timing.
“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord (Romans 12:19).'”
I hear some of you saying, “okay Marissa, it’s not like I’m going to chase someone down with a machete. I get it, leave justice to God. But what they did was so bad. Why did they get away with it now? Why can’t justice be served now? Why can’t The Rapture happen now?“
We must remember this: we’re all going to face judgement one day.
Although sins have different consequences on Earth, they all have the same consequence when presented to God. All of us will stand alone before God one day to give an account for our lives.
I will have to. You will have to.
“For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).”
We are all guilty of sin, falling short of God’s standard (Romans 3:23). Yet, He provided us with the gift of salvation by sending His Son to die for our sins so we would not be condemned to an eternity in hell. Rather, we have the choice to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
But sometimes, people need time to recognize the seriousness of their sin — and their dire need for a Savior. When we don’t see God bringing justice against wrongdoers, it may be God’s allowance for mercy and an opportunity for repentance in their lives.
Although we may not see justice for many things during our lifetime, we can trust that our righteous God will judge all people; and ultimately, judgement will be carried out.
The Dinner Party Challenge: Update
We’re two weeks away from the conclusion of The Dinner Party Challenge. If you don’t know what that is, you can learn more here. It’s not too late to join!
For everyone who’s already begun, how is the process going for you? Remember, March 27th is when we’ll be discussing what we’ve learned, and I’d love for you to be featured in the post as well!
Just head over to my Contact page, and with a brief description for each person, tell me who you “invited” to dinner and what you’ve learned about them from spending more time reading the Bible (if you wish to remain anonymous in the post, just make a note of it in the message).
I hope to hear from you!
Note: this picture is irrelevant. I just think it’s amazing.