“He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.” Isaiah 11:3b-4
Do you ever feel like life just isn’t fair? Though you work hard, try to do what is right, and instead of life getting better, it seems to get worse. Meanwhile, others don’t work hard or do what is right and life seems to get easier and better. Have you turned with frustration to God with the same questions as Jeremiah, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?” (Jeremiah 12:1).
God created us with a longing for justice! The passage from Isaiah 11:3-4 promises that the Messiah will bring ultimate justice. He will judge the right from wrong in a different way than the world. The world judges based on perception and perspective, but Messiah will judge based on righteousness. God promises that the wicked will be punished and the poor and meek will be rescued.
Christmas celebrates the first coming of the Messiah—Jesus. His death on the cross paid for the sin, injustice, and rebellion of humanity. He promised to come again to finalize his provision of true and final justice. While you wait for the coming justice of Jesus, don’t get discouraged when life seems unfair. Instead, look with hope-filled anticipation of the completed work of justice that will one day be ours when He comes.
God, today I thank you for your promise that you judge justly. Thank you for not holding my sin against me and for providing forgiveness in Jesus. Amen.
For Further Reading
Psalm 1, Proverbs 1