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How shall the justice-seeker live?

"Thy word have I hid in my heart...."
"Thy word have I hid in my heart...."
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"I want what is fair!” a woman insists regarding her court case. “I pray that justice will be done for me!”

Who does not desire justice for themselves when they have been wronged? Who does not desire right treatment in everyday life?

Yet, what if the verdict comes in: “You have lost!” or worse, “Who cares?”? More injustice occurs outside courtrooms of law than inside them. Who has a good advocate, a lawyer, every time bad or wrong things happen, done by others?

Followers of Christ hold a desire to overcome injustice for themselves and for others, when it happens and cannot be undone or not for a long time. Those who love Christ desire to have His spirit guiding at all times, the spirit of hope, going forward, love, and refusing self-pity and desire to take vengeance. These require the qualities of God guiding and empowering the natural life to live and think according to the spirit of the living Jesus Christ.  

Jesus enables His own to say, honestly from their hearts, “This injustice (verdict, decision, or act) hurts! Yet; God is not pleased if I become obsessed over it. By His help, I will not allow these wrongs to have power over me. ‘The just shall live by faith.’”

There is the key, in that affirmation of faith. God knows the burdens of the down-hearted and depressed. He will have the final word for their good. His promises comfort His people. In times of injustice His whole truth lives in His holy Word. This comforts His people. Whatever right or good things are lost on earth will be abundantly supplied forever. Justice does come to those who seek to live rightly before God, to live by faith.  

St. Paul wrote: “…as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness…” (Romans 1:17b-,18). 

The apostle knew the holy scriptures with the prophet Habakkuk’s concerns about violence and injustice. A cruel enemy would soon invade God’s people that had drifted into rebellion against God. Habakkuk remained faithful, yet with many fears of the coming violence and darkness that would fall upon the people. He laid his fears before God, crying out.  

When the Spirit of God answered, Habakkuk’s thoughts turned from focus on fear to focus on faith. Habakkuk prayed: “Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. Those are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity…” (Hab. 1:12).

The prophet Habakkuk’s thoughts then returned to the hard times to come and the horrors that could prevail. Yet, he went further, and that led him to overcome: Habakkuk’s thoughts returned to the Omnipotent and Sovereign God.  And Habakkuk resolved how to show his trust in God, through the faith he resolved to live by, every day.

How would this new resolve, with God, change Habakkuk? Now that he has cried out to God all the anguish of his heart, Habakkuk became worn out, reflective, and still before God. He then could arise, determined:  

“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he [God] will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Behold, his soul which is lifted up [proud] is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:1-4).

This is how the seeker of justice finds comfort, strength, and meaning every day. Justice for those who put their trust in God shall come. Its promise shall not be disappointed. Its appointed time will not be delayed. We wait upon the Lord, by faith. And He will answer us and He who is for us shall prevail on our behalf.