Lately, I have been reading about injustices that occur toward people today as well as many years, decades, even centuries ago. It is something that just never seems to end. As Jesus told His disciples, “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Yet I want to fuss and say, “But why, LORD? Why does this have to happen again and again? ”
In my dismay, God is so faithful and good. I have been reading through Isaiah and when I turned to Isaiah 42 the other morning, God met me there. He clearly showed me that He will right the wrongs and set this world back to His way one day. I cannot even fathom His ways, yet I trust Him for His outcome. He knows all that is going on and knows all that has gone on throughout the years. He knows all. How very grateful I am! What a Mighty God we serve!
Behold My Servant, whom I uphold,
My Chosen, in whom My soul delights;
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up His voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed He will not break,
and a faintly burning wick He will not quench;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.
till He has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for His law. Isaiah 42:1-4
judgment, justice, ordinance
act of deciding a case
place, court, seat of judgment
process, procedure, litigation (before judges)
case, cause (presented for judgment)
sentence, decision (of judgment)
execution (of judgment)
time (of judgment)
2. justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man)
4. decision (in law)
5. right, privilege, due (legal)
6. proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan
God has given us His Son Who is the Servant of His Father and even us. Yes, He came to serve. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
“Justice,” under #2 above, is defined as just, righteousness, and rectitude (a few of God’s attributes). Rectitude means: the quality or state of being straight, moral integrity (righteousness), the quality or state of being correct in judgment or procedure. This is our God. His justice will be to right wrongs of time immemorial. His justice will rid all men of sin. And His justice will establish His Kingdom, His rule, His order.
More than forgiveness of sin for each man, more than salvation from sin for each man, more than a perfect system of social order made by man, John Oswalt says God’s justice (of Isaiah 42) is “the life-giving order which exists when the creation is functioning in accordance with the design of the Lord.” **
Father, I am so very grateful that You are my just God and rule this world, this earth. There is to be justice once and for always. Oh, LORD, I praise You. I am relieved too for these concerns of mine cause me to be anxious and You tell me not to be. Knowing that Jesus “will faithfully [FAITHFULLY] bring forth justice” gives me such a deep breath. Knowing that Jesus “will not grow faint or be discouraged” gives me such hope, beautiful HOPE. Knowing Jesus will finish the job, that He will consistently be strong and encouraged “till He has established justice in the earth” makes me feel peaceful, so very PEACEFUL. I love You, Father, for this reassurance and guidance. May I look to You in prayer and in Your Word, in quiet moments, in calming tides for You. You are here and will always be with me. In the Name of Your Son, I pray. Amen.
** John Oswalt, The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66 in The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998), pg 110.