“That’s Not Fair!”
Whether you look back on your childhood or have children of your own, life never seems to be fair when you’re young. Every little incident turns into a dramatic whirlwind of tears at the invalid “justice system”. It is the type of thing that makes you think back and laugh. Were the circumstances really unfair? Or was the childish mind unable to see outside of its selfish desires? Mankind struggles when it comes to the idea of Justice. We see justice as what is fair in our eyes; not the true justice of God. It all boils down to one thing: God is Just.
So, what does it mean to be Just? What is Justice? The United States 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt said, “Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.” Because God is Just, His Word becomes the ultimate authority for Justice. God’s justice is based on a holy, heavenly scale. He is the supreme Judge of Heaven and earth throughout all of time. His word is law and we will all be held accountable on our last day.
2 Thessalonians 1:5-8 (ESV) says, “This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”
When reading these verses, one might get a little confused. We are NOT being commanded to afflict those who afflict us. If we were called to do so, there would be constant total chaos in the world. The verses are saying that it is up to God to repay with affliction, those who have afflicted. We are not to play judge; God is the Just Judge.
Often, we are seen waiting for the Lord’s vengeance, wondering when it will strike. Pastor and author, A.W. Tozer once said, “The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciousness of millions. It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while death draws every day nearer and the command to repent goes unheeded.”
The Justice of God’s judgement will come upon us. We may not feel like justice has been served throughout life, but at the end of the day, we will all be held accountable for our thoughts and actions. But there is still hope! Although God is a just God, He is also rich in mercy. He sent His Son to die for the sins of the world. If we put our faith in Him, on Judgement Day, Jesus’ blood will atone our sin. Because of this gracious gift, we can live forever with Him. Praise be to our merciful, just God!