January 23, 2013


Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment – wickedness was there,
in the place of justice – wickedness was there.
I thought in my heart,
“God will bring to judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time for every deed.”

We get tied in knots over courts and judges that don’t really abide by the laws or Constitution, but Jesus spoke of an unjust judge, (Luke 18:1-6) and Solomon writes about the same sort of thing. This has been going on for at least 2500 years! Solomon reminds us of what we’ve got to remember: God is the ultimate Judge. Even if things go wrong in earthly courts, nothing will go wrong in heaven. We are so focused on our immediate situations that we have trouble trusting God with it all. I am reminded of a particularly heinous murder that happened in Arizona, I think it was, about 20 years ago. The murder­er seemed to have escaped, but then his body was found in the desert, dead of heat, dehydration, and exposure. The sheriff wrote on his report, “Remanded to a higher court.” Actually, the Bible reminds us many times of that higher court, in almost identical language in Psalm 37:1 and Proverbs 24:19. It’s not that we aren’t to seek to have just courts and judges; it’s that we are not to rely on human institutions, but rather on God who can do no wrong.

This is particularly appropriate right now, when America is in something of a constitutional crisis, with wacko judges refusing to prosecute obvious crimes and handing down rulings that violate the national constitution. America is unique in world history in giving so much power to the people, in what was originally a conscious attempt to trust God. At this point we seem in real danger of a fulfillment of the statement that “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” However much that might work out on the temporal scale, I’ve got to remember that it’s not the final answer. I am to be active in my own obedience to God, but remember that what I see and hear at this point isn’t the last word. I am to pray for and otherwise support those who are active in the fight for real justice on various levels, but I am not to despair whatever the results seem to be in the short term. As the Bible reminds us many times, God is more than able to judge everyone rightly, and no one will escape that judgment.

Father, You’ve commissioned me to to tell others of the only way we can receive a “not guilty” verdict in Your court, through faith and obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord. Help me be faithful and effective in that task, trusting You whatever my senses, or my simply human intellect, might tell me. May I walk in, and be a channel of, Your peace, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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