Many times when we have been wronged, our cries for justice blind and bind us to what we should be doing, as well as rob us from real joy. We can become overwhelmed with the “whys?” and “howcomes?”. When in reality we not only may never know the answer, but even if we did ~~ It would not matter.
Ecclesiastes 8 (NIV)
14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. 15 So I commend the enjoyment of life , because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
16 When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth —people getting no sleep day or night— 17 then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.
Fact is, that somethings will NEVER make sense, and that just HAS to be okay.
But what about our need for justice? After all it is a very real legitamite need. So does that mean that God ignores our need or prayer? You may have asked God to take away the pain….But nothing has happened. This even happened to Paul!
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NIV)
7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Whatever the thorn was, God allowed this painful assault to continue in Paul’s life to keep him humble and dependent on God. Paul went to God with his pain, and God heard Paul and answered his prayer, but not by removing his “painr” from his life. Instead, God gave Paul relief from his pain by giving him grace and help when he needed it to endure.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Finally, the Bible commands us to pray for those who persecute us. (Matt 5:44) In whatever situation we may find ourselves in Jesus commands us to love and pray. Our hearts draw near to God as we pray for the person who is making our life miserable. As we love our enemies and pray for our persecutors, we’re walking in the foot-steps of our savior. In doing so we will find peace and joy.
So whether you are dealing with a person or situation that is causing you pain….Seek the Lord, hand it over to Him and know that He has it! Even if you are not understanding why, and can not see any justice.