People often feel unfairly treated and questioned, “Where is justice?” Why was as if God let all the injustice going on? Why do I always suffered injustice? Why am I always treated unfairly? Will God give His justice to me? When will I experience God’s justice? Understanding God’s justice properly is a must if we want to be able to answer these kinds of questions.
If we can understand the concept of God’s justice properly, then various inner conflict questions will be minimized, because most of the feelings of ‘injustice’ suffered by a person are often attributed to differences in perspective between the concept of God’s justice and our human concept of justice. Let us understand some concepts of justice that are taught in Scripture:
1. Justice is not the same as equalization.
We often think justice is the act of treating people equally. If we are not treated equally, we will shout: “IT’S NOT FAIR!”
There were two children fighting. The older brother is 17-year-old, and the his sister is 12-year-old. Because the father wanted to do justice, he punished them by beating each child 3 times, with exactly the same strength, so it would be fair.
Was this a true act of justice? By treating them equally, we only see injustice here. The older brother is a man and her sister is a woman and their ages adrift far enough. The sister should receive beating fewer and weaker than the older brother, since she was a woman and smaller. But if the father did that, the brother would yell: “IT’S NOT FAIR! Why was I being hit more and harder?!” Because the older brother’s concept of justice is: everyone should be treated equally.
“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation” (James 3:1 KJV).
A teacher is judged by a heavier measure than his student. Why? Because teachers already knew more about the truth than the student. The more things that God gave to our lives, the greater the demands and responsibilities. THAT’S JUSTICE!
God treats individuals differently, according to his maturity, the size of his faith, the dose of grace that has been working in him, etc.. THAT’S JUSTICE!
2 Justice is God’s prerogative rights that relates to His sovereignty.
“What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” (Romans 9:14-16 KJV).
God gives His justice not based on our will or our effort, but by His generosity. Justice is God’s prerogative rights which can not be contested by anyone. Everyone can say: “IT’S NOT FAIR!” but He will remain fair because justice is His nature.
You might ask: “If justice is God’s prerogative rights, what can we do?” Even though God gives justice in His sovereignty, but still there are corridors or prerequisites which are the basis in determining His decision. If we understand these corridors, we will be able to tune in and receive His justice.
Understanding God’s justice is so important that we do not tend to blame God for our circumstances.
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