Keys to Justice

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The word, ‘justice’ came to my mind this morning as I sat down to have devotions. The dictionary defines it as; the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness. My mind immediately went to the story Jesus told about the unjust judge found in Luke 18:1-8;

Jesus used this illustration with his disciples to show them that they need to pray all the time and never give up.  He said, “In a city there was a judge who didn’t fear God or respect people.  In that city there was also a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice.’

“For a while the judge refused to do anything. But then he thought, ‘This widow really annoys me. Although I don’t fear God or respect people,  I’ll have to give her justice. Otherwise, she’ll keep coming to me until she wears me out.’”

The Lord added, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge thought.  Won’t God give his chosen people justice when they cry out to him for help day and night? Is he slow to help them?  I can guarantee that he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

This woman kept asking and asking and asking until it wore the unjust judge down. She never gave up! She kept going back, kept asking for justice over and over and over again. As a mom, my response would have been, “If you ask one more time, you’ll never get it!”, but I’m so thankful God doesn’t respond like that. He’s watching for persistence. He’s listening for knockers. “I know you’re there Lord and I won’t leave until you open the door.”

When Jesus returns, will he find faith on the earth? Will he see a people who still hope and trust in his words? Will he find disciples or observers? Will he find doers or just hearers? Will there still be those who are asking like the widow, daily coming for justice? Will he find us on our knees, interceding for our world? Will he find the sound of worship on the battleground? In the midst of loss, will he find a people who still set their eyes on him?

Father, daily we seek your face because without you, we are forever lost and hopeless. You are the just Judge.  Psalm 37:28 says; The Lord loves justice, and he will not abandon his godly ones. They will be kept safe forever, but the descendants of wicked people will be cut off.  Thank you for never abandoning your children and always keeping us safe. Thank you that you watch over us to keep us in all our ways. Every evil plan of the enemy will be thwarted because you are a just judge over your people. Even though we deserved death, your son carried that and you gave us life. We didn’t get what we deserved, you gave us Love and that Love has changed us forever. 

As we go about our day, may we never stop asking, because it’s your good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name we ask, Amen

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