Knowing Jesus Daily: His Ways are Justice
“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he." -- Deuteronomy 32:4 (ESV)
There is inside each of us a deep longing for justice in the world.
Kids feel this at the earliest age. If they get in trouble for something they didn't do, they plead their case fervently that they are innocent. When a sibling gets a treat and they don't, they are sure to let their parents know of the injustice.
As we grow older, our sense and need for justice only grows. When we see tragic events take place, and innocent people harmed at the hands of an evil person, we are enraged by the injustice. The cries of our heart are often "Why God?" or "How long o Lord?", as we survey the condition of the world.
Our passage today reminds us that God is just. He is a God that brings justice in the world, and will one day bring justice forever. All his ways and work are perfect. His ways are justice. He cannot do evil or sin, nor will he let those things go unpunished.
A day is coming when he will right every wrong that has occurred. In a world where many celebrate evil things as good things, and good things as evil things, it is comforting to know that God will bring justice ultimately.
This means we must be patient as we walk through this world. Our longing for justice points us to the world to come. But it also points us to our need to listen to how God tells us to seek justice today. We are to fight for truth according to God's ways, not the world's ways.
No evil doer will ultimately walk innocent. God will hold all people to account for their lives, their words, their motives, their deeds, and their actions. Why? Because he is a God of justice.
Reflection & Journal:
- What does it mean to say that God is a just God? What is justice?
- What does it say about us that we are born with a desire to see justice? How does this point back to God?
- How can we labor for justice, and support biblical justice in the world today? How do we separate biblical justice from how the world defines justice?