Lessons from Luke

Only God can judge correctly and give proper justice for the wrongs of this life

Justice Will Come – Part II

Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-8

Key Verse: Luke 18:1

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.

The second part of our Scripture Reading is all about our desires for justice. It might be justice for ourselves, or justice for a loved one. As Believers, we all have times when we want God to do something about someone or some circumstance that has hurt us.

Knowing that this is always a common complaint of Believers, Jesus tells the story of a widow who came before a judge to plead for justice in a dispute with her enemy. This widow found that this judge was wicked – he didn’t fear God nor care for the people he was supposed to serve. But Jesus said that this widow refused to give up and kept “bugging” this judge until he finally gave her the justice she wanted.

We are not given any details of the dispute because that has nothing to do with the point Jesus wanted to make. Jesus wanted His listeners to understand that whatever our reasons for needing justice, God cares about it and will help us.

Jesus certainly wasn’t saying that God is like that judge; rather, that God is exactly the opposite. God loves people and cares about real justice. Jesus said God will render justice quickly; we will not have to “bug” Him over and over. However, God will render perfect justice, which may not match what we are thinking. We might be disappointed to find out that real justice is the exact opposite of what we wanted.

All this comes back to our “faith” in God and His wisdom. Jesus ended the story with these words: “But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:8b).

When Jesus returns, there is no doubt He will find Christ-followers who have their own agendas and personal wants. But will Jesus find Followers who have total faith in Him? And will they trust the outcomes of their disputes, even when they are disappointed because it ended different than they wanted?

Just like our children may seldomly judge correctly on the rights and wrongs of life, nor do we believers always judge correctly on what a situation needs. Only God correctly sees both sides and the motivations of both hearts. Only God judges correctly and gives proper justice for the wrongs of this life.

We can rest assured God administers justice in every situation. God never misses the truth… Trust Him! When we get to heaven, we will praise God for not doing all that we asked Him and doing some things that we never asked! Let’s start praising Him now for being the perfect Judge in all matters!

Father, as I ask for justice, I will also release my need for revenge into your all-wise hands and simply rest in you! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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