Whose the judge of what is just?
Psalm 9:16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
We each have a standard that we live by. A standard that drive us. A standard that direct our decisions. Were we born with that standard or were we taught it? Whose standard are we living by?
2 Chronicles 12:6The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is just.”
And even if we were taught the standard and the standard was from the Lord, we find ourselves abandoning that teaching. Reducing our standard to the standard of the world just as the people did in 2nd Chronicles but when they were faced and became aware of what they had done they became humble and the “just” Lord forgave them and delivered them “so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands” as it says in 12:8.
Proverbs 21:3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
There are many things that people do in the name of being “just” that are not right. What is motivating their actions? Anger, selfishness, pride, guilt or any number of other things. Are we living right and just?
James 4:12 There is only one law giver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
I have seen many things that people do to each other that I do not believe is just. And I have been drawn to act and react in ways that I have to question. I have to search the scripture, God’s word, to confirm that my standard is being lead by God’s standard. I may have to make choices, hard decisions and set boundaries to protect myself and those I love from what I believe to be unjust but it is not up to me to seek justice. The Lord is the only one who has that power.
Isaiah 30:18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
I may not ever see the justice that will come. But because I trust in the Lord who sets my standard, I will wait, I will love and I will forgive. Just as He has for me.
Acts 15:11No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”