When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. [Proverbs 21:15]
Justice seems like a loaded, complicated word sometimes. What is right? What is wrong? What role do I play in making wrong things right? Maybe you haven't ever asked yourself those questions, but I guarantee if someone asked you about certain topics, you would have some sense of what is right in the situation. Like what if I asked you about sex trafficking, or the hundreds of thousands of kids in the foster care system in America, or the billions of people worldwide living in poverty? You don’t have to think too hard to decide that those scenarios just aren’t very good. You can take it on a lot smaller scale too. What about that group member that you have in class who always gets talked over and never gets to share their opinion, or your roommate who has a really difficult home life? In all those scenarios, you probably have a sense of what right is. But for Christians, the point of justice isn’t just to do what is right.
The point of justice isn’t only to be right, it’s to restore God’s plan and purposes in people’s life to a greater extent than it was before.
You don’t have to look very far to realize that we live in a broken, corrupt world. No matter where you are on the scale of positivity or realistic, you can think of examples of how life isn’t what it should be for some people. Guess what? As God’s children, we have been chosen to help restore the world to how it should be.
In this verse in Proverbs, it mentions that when justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous. Because of Jesus, we all are able to be righteous, and therefore get to partner in seeing heaven come to earth. Jesus came to bridge that gap between heaven and earth, and we don’t have to wait until heaven to experience wholeness, and purity. We now get to experience moments and glimpses of heaven in this life, and welcome other people into that.
So ask yourself this question: What are the things in the people nearest me and in the world around me that break my heart?
Whatever your answer is to that question, you get to bring justice to those situations by praying for them, by speaking hope to the people in the midst of them, and by actively meeting those people’s needs. You get to partner with God to see Him move in power in those things!
Father, reveal more ways to me that I can partner with You in seeing Your kingdom come in the lives and the world around me. I trust and declare that Your Holy Spirit it alive and active inside of me, so fill me with power, courage, joy and hope so that I can see more of You in myself and the people around me. Amen.