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Waiting For Justice

Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you:
yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does
the way of the wicked prosper? why are all they happy
that deal very treacherously? (Jeremiah 12:1)

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in
heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had
nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when
I saw the prosperity of the wicked. (Psalm 73:1-3)

We all know life isn't always fair. Sometimes it seems like the godless among us flourish, while God's people struggle more than others. It has always been that way. Jeremiah, a prophet of God, felt the same way. So did Asaph, a poet, singer, and prophet of God. It seemed the wicked were prospering, while they were being persecuted and troubled on every side.

Like these Godly men, when we see the wicked doing well despite their unrighteousness, it can make us question our committment to God. It can make us envy the arrogant, ungodly people, or make us think things like "They've got it made, no matter what they do!" or "They never get punished for their wrongdoing, so what do I gain by doing right?"

Like these Godly men, we have to learn to look at the bigger picture. We can only see the here and now, but God's word promises us that the day will come when the wicked receive their just rewards. Our God IS a God of justice, and evil may flourish for a time, but it will be punished in due time; in God's time. That's hard for us to wait for sometimes. We want God's justice now. We want to see it.

But faith is about believing ALL of God's word, especially when we can't see it. We can trust God to serve justice in His time. We know His time is not ours. We know He is not willing for any to perish, even the most ungodly among us. (Remember, we were all ungodly before we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior!) And we know that, if they do not repent and receive Jesus, their punishment is assured. This is what the psalmist learned, after lamenting to God about the unrighteous people of his time:

When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me
deeply, till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I
understood their final destiny. (Psalm 73:16-17)



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