Devotion – May 25, 2015 – Justice!

isaiah42_3-4In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.
—Isaiah 42:3-4

When we are wronged, we demand justice.  If a product doesn’t live up to our expectations, we return it.  If someone steals from us, we demand to be paid back and they be punished.  We innately know that the world is supposed to be just, but the affects of sin has made our world unjust and corrupt.

Injustice is all around us, whether it is political corruption, racism, human trafficking, or something else.  This should bother us and we should not ignore the cries of the oppressed.  Over and over the Bible calls for us to stand up for powerless, speak for the voiceless, and bring justice to the oppressed.

God is perfectly just.  Sin will be dealt with.  We don’t always see it in our timing because God is patient in bringing His justice, but we should not let His patience lead us to believe He doesn’t care about justice or He will let wrong-doing go unpunished forever.  When Jesus returns, He will bring justice.

God, however, is also loving and compassionate.  When Jesus came and died on the cross, He took our punishment.  He suffered and died to fulfill God’s judgment on sin.  Justice was served.  And because He took our place, we can now have eternal life with God.

Heavenly Father,
When I see injustice, it breaks my heart.  Let me not become calloused to oppression, but rather help me to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves.  Help me also to love and be compassionate remembering that Jesus took the punishment that I deserved.

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