Injustice (part 2)
Greetings precious people. In todayís article we will conclude our study on injustice which we began last week. Injustice is, as defined in Websterís Dictionary, the quality of being unjust or unfair; lack of justice; wrong; that which violates anotherís rights. We see no shortage of injustices in our society today. Last time we looked at a number of instances of injustice both past and present.
As we look at the many injustices going on around us, many questions arise, such as, What is going on? Why is this happening? Why is God allowing this to happen? In last weekís article, I addressed these questions and a few others from Godís Word, the Bible. Today, I would like to look in greater depth at the question, Why is God allowing this to happen? More specifically, in manís questioning of why is God allowing such things to happen, man brings into question the character of God and intimates that God is acting in some unjust manner.
Unjust man is quick to do this, in his vain attempt to justify himself. Itís the age-old tactic known as, The Blame Game, The Transfer of Blame. The first occurrence of this in history was at the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve sinned in disobeying the Lord, God confronted them, at which time Eve blamed the Serpent. The Adam not only blamed Eve, but he also blamed God. Listen to this account given in Genesis 3:12, "Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." Mankind has been making this charge against God ever since.
I will be the first to admit that there are a lot of things that happen in this life that I do not understand, that I can not figure out. A man drove into the gas station where I work the other day and I noticed a bumper sticker on his truck that read, "A drunk driver killed my son." I went over to him and tried to strike up a conversation with him. I could only try to imagine how he must feel in loosing someone precious to him at the hands of an irresponsible person. You see I have three wonderful boys and a beautiful daughter.
A number of years ago, when I was a San Diego Police Officer, I received a call of a shooting. I was the first one on the scene. In a laundry room, at an apartment complex, I found a six-year-old boy lying in a pool of blood. He had been shot through his heart by an eight year old, neighborhood bully. I began to do CPR on him, trying to bring him back to life. I continued working on him as the ambulance arrived and we rushed him to the hospital. I was able to assist the ER doctor in doing open-heart surgery there in the trauma room. Unfortunately it was all in vain, he had suffered irreparable damage to his heart. My heart broke for that boy and his family that day; it was a real test of faith for me. I could not understand the Why and the How of the situation.
Whenever I come into situations like these, where I donít know the whyís and what forís, I can only fall back on that which I do know and understand. And that is, God knows what He is doing, He is always right, and His ways are always perfect. We see this in the following verses, 2 Samuel 22:31, "As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." Psalm 18:30, "As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." Psalm 111:7-8, "The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness." Zephaniah 3:5, "The LORD is righteous in her (Israel) midst, He will do no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails, but the unjust knows no shame."
Not only do I know that His ways are always right and good, but I also know that He loves. He gave himself for me, the just for the unjust. 1 Peter 3:18, "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit." He desires only that which is good for me. Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."
As a Christian, I am not to live my life on explanations, Iím to live on promises, Godís promises. When we hurt, it is a normal response to ask "Why?" but that is the wrong approach to take. For one thing, when we ask God that question, weíre assuming a superior posture and giving the impression that weíre in charge and God is accountable to us. God is sovereign and doesnít have to explain anything to us unless He wants to. Asking "Why?" also assumes that if God did explain anything to us, weíd understand everything perfectly and feel better.
As you read the Book of Job, you see Job frustrated with his friends which leads to being frustrated with God. Job finally makes the statement, which he will regret, "Iíd like to meet God and ask Him a thing or two!" But when God does come to Job, Job is so overwhelmed, he doesnít ask God a thing! Job 40:1-5, "Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said: "Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it." Then Job answered the LORD and said: "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further." Take the time and read the rest of this, it will benefit you.
How can we begin to understand the ways and plans of God when His ways are far above us and His wisdom is unsearchable? Isaiah 55:8-9, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."
Listen precious people, explanations do not heal broken hearts, but promises do. Because promises depend on faith, and faith puts us in contact with the grace of God. Turn to Jesus Christ today, trust Him with your life, all your questions, hurts, and pains. Listen to Godís call to you today, 1 Peter 5:7, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." and Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine