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Justice for All - A Devotion

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Psalm 36:5-7 (NLT)
Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.

Life is not fair. Bad things happen to good people every single day without fail. The wicked triumphs and evil prevails. It is a sad state of affairs. Money is the god of this world. It is the foundation of a frivolous throne with a fickle ruler who will do anything to discourage, defeat and destroy the godly. If he can dominate our heart with fear, fill our mind with doubt, or whisper in our ears the lies that denounce the Truth of God’s Unfailing Love, we will surrender our justice to him and be led away again. I am perplexed by the injustice in my life. I could not understand why my faith has not been working or my hope seems to be fading. I cannot even express the frustration of our plight. The answer seems so clear. The logic falls smoothly into place. Yet the eyes of those who judge this information are clouded by the parameters of this world. Sadly their decision comes down to dollars. God’s Unfailing Love surrounds my life. I know it does. His Faithfulness has permeated my life to become an everyday reality. His Righteousness works in my favor constantly. But where is the justice that is promised to me? How do I find shelter in the shadow of your wings until there is justice for all?

Psalm 17:1-5 (NLT)
O LORD, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer for it comes from honest lips. Declare me innocent for you see those who do right. You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say. I have followed your commands, which keep me from following cruel and evil people. My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you.

David was after justice and he intended to find it. He went to his life source and petitioned the Lord to grant his plea for justice. What happens in life when all of our best efforts and intentions seem to fall short and injustice finds us? This is not the time to give up, but many do. Rather than pressing in to pursue justice, they decide that maybe the Grace and Love of God does not provide justice to sinners. Perhaps, it is the end of the sufficiency of grace? Some people come to the conclusion that they are not worthy of the justice that God can give us so stop asking for it and pursing it – settling for less than God’s Best. When living in the Favor of God, it is a definite moment of perplexity when facing the roadblock called injustice. Walking by faith in the Favor of God allowed by Faith in Jesus Christ balanced on confident hope can be a mountaintop experience that causes us to crash when faced with dark valleys. Like most people, in making his plea to the Lord carefully assesses life.

Psalm 17:6-9 (NLT)
I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies. Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. Protect me from wicked people who attack me from murderous enemies who surround me.

As David waits in the refuge of his faith in God, it is not enough as he is looking for God’s Justice to prevail. If you are living in right standing with God following Jesus Christ, you have the reward of justice waiting for you. It doesn’t matter what the details of your situation are, God’s Mercy allows His Justice to reach those who have been made right through Jesus Christ. David voices his faith by saying, “I am praying to you because I know you will answer.” Do you come to the Lord expecting Him to answer you? Confidence in the Lord and His Faithfulness in response to our faith is essential. It is the foundation on which we stand when all hell breaks loose in our life while Jesus turns every detail around for our good and perfects that which concerns us right before He delivers justice.

Psalm 17:15 (NLT)
Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

In closing, David has come to the determination that He can rest knowing that justice will reach Him and He will be satisfied. How about you? Do you believe that God’s Justice is for you? It is.

Psalm 103:1-6 (NLT)
Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. Those who are being treated unfairly is you! See the righteousness of God is given to us by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. By faith, we plant our feet in the Presence of God as we begin to turn our life over to Him. Those who ask for Jesus Christ to forgive their sins and be this in their life will have certain immediate privileges come to them. Healing, restoration, renewal and favor just to name a few. All that is required is our whole heart surrendered to God. We must trust the Lord. Delight in Him which is living a life of worshipping God every day with everything in every way. We must commit everything to Him to have justice for all and in all things. For those will to do so, they will have justice. (Psalm 37:3-7) Justice is the foundation of God’s Throne and partners with righteousness. (Psalm 89:14-15) If you live a righteous life, you will have justice. The Lord is righteous and loves justice. (Psalm 11:7) Righteousness promotes justice in our life. (Proverbs 8:20) Which means the farther into right standing with God we move our life, the greater the justice that we will experience. It’s just part of who He is. Justice is part of the unfailing, overflowing love that God wants to pour in our life. However, without Jesus Christ, this outpouring would kill us.

Matthew 12:17-21 (NLT)
This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him: “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me. I will put my Spirit upon him and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not fight or shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. And his name will be the hope of all the world.”

Jesus Christ came that you and I would be justified. (Romans 3:23-26) Justification simply means “just as if we never sinned.” This is how we achieve the Gift of Righteousness with God. If we did not have our sins removed, then the moment we attempted to come closer to God in righteousness, His Justice would consume us. We would die because of our sin. If justice seems elusive, consider your position in righteousness. It may not be a matter of poor positioning or undisclosed sin but it doesn’t hurt to make sure. Even David did a quick self-evaluation to be sure that his life lined up with God’s Word to the best of his ability. When Jesus Christ came to live in our heart, the sacrifice necessary to redeem us from all sin and shame covered our heart allowing us to safely step back into right standing with God. However, some had misconstrued grace to mean that people could remain in darkness living according to the flesh and still stand next to the Lord receiving all His Benefits and Blessing. This is not the case. Grace is the doorway that people pass from death to life leaving sin behind to secure a place of righteousness and justice with the Lord. (Romans 5:8-10) Jesus came to proclaim justice to the nations. He will cause justice to be victorious for all those who choose to remain in right standing and believe by faith that He is the confident hope that they are after. “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” (Romans 5:1-2)

Matthew 5:6 (NLT)
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice for they will be satisfied.

Why is there not justice for all? Not all people hunger and thirst for righteousness and justice. Some people give up right before it comes due to a lack of faith or confident hope. Some just lack the endurance required and are not willing to take a chance on the unknown so they settle for what they can see. I have found justice elusive recently. The insurance company has rejected our son’s request for lifesaving treatment. First, I will tell you unequivocally that I KNOW God will heal my son’s body and give him a long life. I am confident that we will see the Goodness of God in the land of the living. But I also know that this is one of the steps on this journey to life, after much prayer. We sent out our final appeals last Thursday. I am struggling with the wait. But God’s Word seems to be speaking through my heart constantly, people are placed in my path to encourage me with the Word, scriptures fall out of mid-air. Yesterday, after our individual quiet times, my husband me that God gave him something for me. I looked up the passage that he was referring to. Luke 18:1-8 is a parable shared by Jesus about a widow woman in pursuit of justice. She just kept petitioning the judge until he finally gave her justice just to shut her up.

Luke 18:6-8 (NLT)
Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

How many will He find on the earth who have faith? There will be justice for all who do! You can be in right standing with God and justice may be delayed. Why? God is stretching and expanding your faith using a little thing called endurance. Those who endure to the end will be saved. Your justice is coming. It is not delayed. It is coming because you have enough faith in God to put all your hope in Him waiting until He comes. God’s Justice is coming because it always accompanies His Righteousness. (Psalm 94:12-15) It is coming according to His Timeline that is perfecting you. (Psalm 75:1-3) It is worth waiting for. What do I do in the meantime?

Galatians 6:7-8 (NLT)
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

If we will continue to hunger and thirst after righteousness, we will have justice. The connection between Heaven and earth is established by faith in God more than man. This connection allows the undeserved yet greatly desired benefits and blessings of God’s Kingdom to provide, prosper and protect us here on earth. If you sow righteousness, you will harvest justice. What does that mean? Trust the Lord. Delight in Him. Commit everything to Him. Repeat. If you continually live reconciled to God, you will be righteous and you will have justice. Waiting inevitably is the hardest part, just ask the farmer who waits for his crop to grow. But make no mistake, what you sow you will reap! I will have an approval. Our son will soon have the treatment that he needs to end this journey. The Lord is healing His Body. He is restoring everything that the enemy has stolen from our family over the last two years. God is faithful and true. His Unfailing Love is overflowing in our life. His Justice is coming! It is almost here.

Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (NLT)
I will proclaim the Name of the LORD; how glorious is our God! He is the Rock; His Deeds are perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a Faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!

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