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The joy of justice

Until there is justice, we will never finally be at peace. Right now, as we look at the world, it sure seems as if evil is running rampant, and evildoers are enjoying unlimited pleasure. It grates at our souls to not see justice. This was also true in David's time. He writes,

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. (Psalm 37:1-2)

Even in his time, there was the temptation to fret and be envious because of the apparent flourishing of evildoers. How could it be that the followers of God were suffering while the enemies of God were enjoying abundance? It didn't seem fair.

The comfort the psalmist provides is the reminder that God will eventually bring justice. He will right the scales. Later in verse 34, we read, "Wait for the LORD and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off." Believers are going to be witnesses of God's final judgment.

It doesn't feel quite right to enjoy people's receiving God's wrath, especially because we deserved the same thing. But it's not the suffering we will enjoy--it's the justice. Just as grace and mercy are beautiful in the sight of God's people, so is justice. If God did not ever bring about justice, then heaven would not be heaven; there would be unresolved grievances.

God is going to make it all right. Do not fret. Do not be anxious. Trust in Him.

Most importantly, thank God for the immeasurable grace that He has shown you. If you are a believer in Jesus, you will not face the wrath you deserve, but instead you'll experience eternal life with Him.

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