In Pursuit of Justice (3)

Introduction

As we continue our look at Solomon’s pursuit of justice, we’ll see the frustration he felt about the injustice he saw all around him.

Bible Reading

(Ecc 1:15) That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

(Ecc 7:7) Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

(Psa 94:1-7) O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. (2) Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. (3) LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? (4) How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? (5) They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage. (6) They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. (7) Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

(Rev 6:9-10) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Injustice is pervasive and frustrating

Even as the leader of his nation, Solomon realized that there was more wrong than he could ever set right. As a wise man, it drove him crazy. And, as you’ve found in today’s reading, Solomon wasn’t the only one who was frustrated by pervasive injustice.

The psalmist cried out to God for vengeance. Like Solomon, he was frustrated by the way wicked people treated the righteous. The wait for deliverance and justice seemed unending. Even the martyrs in the Book of the Revelation cried out to God for justice and questioned how long it would be before it came.

What About You?

  • Have you been frustrated by the injustice you see in the world?
  • Have you taken your concerns to God in prayer?

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