Today, we’re going to see that Solomon belief in an Ultimate Judge Who sees that justice is done.
(Ecc 5:8) If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.
(Ecc 3:16) And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. (17) I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
(Rom 12:17-21) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Appeal to a Higher Authority
Solomon advised his readers not to let injustice shock them. As we’ve seen, injustice is widespread, but that’s not the key to being at peace in the face of it. Rather, we can rest in the fact that every authority will have to answer to the ultimate authority – God. He regards the actions of people.
It’s tempting to judge God’s goodness from a short-term view. God has a time for every judgment He executes. Sometimes His timetable doesn’t fit with ours, but He is right and His justice will be done.
It’s also tempting to take matters into your own hands – to avenge yourself of the injustices you experience. But the Bible commands us not to repay evil for evil. We are not to avenge ourselves because vengance belongs to God. When we have done all that we can rightly do to recieve fair treatment, we need to leave our case in God’s hands.
What About You?
- Are you frustrated by the injustices you see in the world?
- Are you tempted to question God’s goodness because of what you’re going through?
- Have you been taking matters into your own hands, trying to get even for the mistreatment you’ve experienced?
- Will you leave your case in the hands of the Judge of all the Earth?