Sunday, April 19, 2015

You Will Get Justice, In Jesus’ Name

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.
“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
— Luke 18:6-8 (NIV)
JOURNEYING out of the pervasive cruelty of injustice into the vast sweeping plains of justice is the long sought after wish of the many — like those of Ancient Near East. And that justice, then, was like cool streams to sow hope into a barren soul; to quench the thirst of the faithful native. They had little to hope upon other than their Lord, Yahweh, who promised to never leave them nor forsake them.
Their Lord had promised that, by their faithfulness, their prayers would not be forlorn.
We have that self-same hope.
I have ventured through injustices that seemed hopeless at the time; I was defenceless, helpless, and by my own reckoning, pathetic. Yet, I come to recognise, now, this day afresh, that God was planning that actual redemption that I experienced years after from the Ancient of Days.
My experience of suffering, that went on far too long if you ask me, was eventually vindicated. My persistence in prayer was justified. Even an unjust judge accedes to a persistent person. How much more does God wish to rain petals of justice over us!
You who seek your justice for the royal desolation of your unique experience — yes, woefully, yours — will get your justice in Jesus’ name, if you persist.
It is easier to persist than you think.
To keep going in a straight line on your present path is easy, though everything about every step is unutterably arduous. Keep going. Keep stepping. Though you may not see where you are going for the water inhibiting your eyes, or have any energy left to fight, just keep doing what you have been doing.
Do not give up. When we do good things despite our spirit’s languor — an irreconcilable fatigue — we are most certainly reaping a harvest, if we do not give up.
You have one task in the season of injustice:
Stay alert to your relationship with your God who seems ever distant and even uncaring. Knowing externally that the nature of God is entirely other than distant and uncaring, we repel Satan’s soul-spearing darts. Stay faithful. Keep praying. Pray by day and by night. Make your life an anthem of prayer for your justice.
And keep obeying God, no matter how silly it feels!
Your justice will come.
© 2015 S. J. Wickham.

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