TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, February 15, 2019:
The quality of being unjust or unfair; the violation of rights of others; wrong.
Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong?
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Unfortunately, there is injustice in this sinful world and the fact is that life in its self is unfair so many times. All around us we see injustice.
When we were raising our six children, we gave them personal and house rules that we expected them to honor. We also gave them weekly responsibilities. When there was a difference of opinion or a squabble concerning one of the children not doing their job or complaining on one of their siblings actions, we would give, what we always hoped, a fair discipline. The reaction most of the time was, “IT IS JUST NOT FAIR.”
Our family often discussed, around the evening dinner table, the actions of children at their school and adults that all of us ran into that day. Children and adults were getting away with things that were wrong at school and at the workplace. Every day we still see people in the world we live in who are living corrupt lives and are breaking God’s Commandments.
Sometimes we might think that these individuals are getting away with their evil deeds and even prospering in them. Nothing bad ever seems to happen to them. No one seems to hold them accountable.
Habakkuk, who was a prophet of God, had the same question that we have daily. He took his question directly to God asking, “Why do You make me look at injustice?” and “Why do You tolerate wrong?”
Habakkuk lived in Judah during the reign of King Jehoiakim who was an evil man who did evil things in the eyes of the Lord. The people of Judah, although they were God’s chosen people, had turned away from God to worship idols. Habakkuk describes them as corrupt, violent and so lawless that injustice prevailed. Habakkuk could not understand why God did not punish them.
But God did answer him and told him that punishment was on the way but it would come in God’s perfect timing. In Habakkuk 2:36, it reads, “Though it linger, wait for it, it will surely come and I will not delay.” God did keep His word and this prophecy that God gave Habakkuk was fulfilled when Babylon invaded Judah three times, completely destroying Judah and carrying the people off to exile in Babylon.
God is sovereign and let us assure you that when one sins against God, He will punish the sinner for his evil doings when and how He chooses. God is merciful and wants everyone, even the vilest of sinners to come to repentance and accept His gift of salvation by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. God will delay His judgement to give sinful man every opportunity to turn to Him.
So, when you see a person doing evil and prospering, be certain his time will come in God’s perfect timing. Until then there will be injustice and life will continue to be unfair. Just because we do not see all that God is doing does not mean He is not acting. God is very much alive and in control of the world and all its events. But watch out because God in His perfect timing will punish individuals and countries for not worshipping Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 13:4.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.
I thank You that You are in control and that even when I cannot understand the injustice, I see in the world around me, I know that You are at work to accomplish Your purpose to bring a sinful world to repentance. Thank You for Your faithful promises especially Your promise of spending an eternity with You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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