The world is full of injustice and unfairness. There is so much in social media and the news about it these days. We are crying over it and ranting and raving about it.
The list of injustices span from one end of the spectrum to the other: religious persecution, poverty, racism, illiteracy, abuse, being wrongfully accused of a crime, murder of the helpless and innocent. Some may even argue that the recent “no calls” in football games are an injustice.
The list of injustices could go on and on. You could probably think of a few in your own life that should be add to the list. Some that were mentioned may be less important to you than others but to the person who is on the other end of the unfairness, it means a great deal.
When someone doesn’t see the injustice as you do, trying to have an adult conversation with that person about these issues may unfortunately result in yelling and hurt feelings. Then what?
What should we do when life is unfair? Is there a proper way to handle injustice? Should we lash out verbally or physically? Should we sit back and watch injustice reek havoc on the inoccent? What should we do? Where should we turn?
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
God is definitely a fan of justice! He is a just God! He sees all, hears all and knows all. No injustice will go unpunished either in this life or the next.
Unfortunately, because of evil in the world and evil in the hearts of people, there is injustice and unfairness everywhere. Evil and injustice go hand in hand. But God does not condone us taking justice into our own hands.
Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
God wants us to wait on His justice. But that is often much easier said than done.
I’m reminded of the unfair treatment of Joseph in the bible. Maybe you’ve heard of or read about the events of his life.
To make a long story short, Joseph was hated and mistreated by his brothers. They wanted to kill him but sold him as a slave instead. As a house servant he was wrongfully accused of attempted rape. He spent many years in prison because of it. When it looked like he may have had an opportunity to be released, he was forgotten about and ended up spending more time in prison. He was finally released due to his God given ability to interpret dreams and wisdom. He was then made second in command to the king of Egypt. His wisdom saved Egypt and the surrounding nations from starvation during a famine. He was reunited with his family due to the famine. He forgave his brothers saying, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 37,39-50)
Joseph chose to forgive his brothers for their unfair treatment of him. He chose to see the negative events in his life from a positive perspective. He had every right to be bitter and vengeful but he chose mercy and forgiveness instead.
He never allowed the negative, unjust circumstances in his life to cause him to go through life with a chip on his shoulder or with a bad attitude. He chose to see things from God’s perspective. He saw the negatives in his life as part of God’s plan for a greater purpose for good.
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
We should always stand up for what is right and just in God’s eyes. But we should always do so in love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
So let’s learn a lesson from the way Joseph handled injustice and unfairness. Let’s be patient and leave room for God to handle the situation His way and in His timing. Let’s respond to unfairness with love and forgiveness as God instructs us to do. Let’s ask God to help us see things from His perspective and to show us how He’s using the unfair treatment for a greater purpose for good.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Responding to injustice with injustice doesn’t correct the injustice. Two wrongs don’t make a right. God’s way is always the right way! God’s way is always the best way!
Daniel 4:37 Praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble.
Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.