Ok, so after digging into what justice is, my next series of questions were-how do we know what God’s will is? How do we know what justice is in the day to day situations? The Bible lays out what to do with the biggies in life, but what about the ordinary stuff we go through?
We need wisdom to know what is right-wisdom that can only come from God. Ephesians 1:8 states that God has showered us with his kindness along with wisdom and understanding. The capability to achieve wisdom and understanding is already wired within is, its our job to then open that door and ask God for wisdom in daily situations. Proverbs 2:1-6 defines how we need to be earnestly seeking wisdom; it says we need to “tune our ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding” (v. 2 NLT), and search for it like them as if they were “hidden treasures” (v. 4 NLT). Ecclesiastes 7:24 does warn that it will be difficult to find, but if our motives are rooted in Christ and we are truly living for God this wisdom is attainable.
As just stated, if we are living for God, the knowledge of what is right and wrong according to God’s standards will be known and shown to us. Proverbs 3:1-6 states that the knowledge is already in our hearts, and that we should trust the Lord in all we do and he will show us where to go. I don’t know about yall, but that is such a comfort to me! The unknown is scary, but knowing that if we trust in God, he will guide us and direct us can give us the confidence to go where He’s leading. Hebrews 12:1-3 reminds us that we are always surrounded by people watching our every move, and that we need to strip ourselves of the sin that weighs us down so that we can run this race with endurance. By doing right and seeking justice, it is adding to our unspoken testimony-the part of us that the public sees. As Christians, people watch our actions intently- what message are we sending? What is the attendant at the gas station seeing about your character? What is the lady crossing the street seeing in you? Does the kid that sits in the row behind in class noticing that there’s something different about you? These questions hard core haunt me and hold me accountable to how I handle life when it comes at me. In Galatians 6:9 and Colossians 3:23-24, God’s Word reminds us that we shouldn’t get tired of doing good and doing what is right. We should do these things as if we are doing them for God, not for man. Ephesians 4:2-3 demonstrates how to live a life for God that people see. It states how we should be humble, gentle, patient, and remain united and bound together through peace. Finally, in Galatians 5: 22-23, we are given the character traits we should strive to achieve and master. Take a look at the list; which traits would you say that you are gifted with and which do you have to work at more? I definitely struggle more with patience and peace, I regretfully am a control freak when it comes to my life and not a huge fan of waiting for God’s timing when it doesn’t coincide with what I want to do, its something I have to constantly work at and pray about. I challenge you to write the fruit of the spirit somewhere and identify the one(s) that you’ve seen you need to work on and ask God to help you and present you with opportunities to put them into practice.
Well my week with justice has come to a conclusion. I hope you have learned as much as I have! While wrapping up this study, God kind of summed it up for me. I still was questioning about how I would know what was right and what I was to do in certain situations, buuttt thennn…
Light bulb Moment! There’s not one straight answer as to what is right and just, but when you’re living a life for God and asking for his wisdom in everything and acting in love, you will know what the just and godly thing to do is in every situation you are presented with.
Thanks for the read!! Next week I’m going to be studying what mercy is and how to love mercy. Please feel free to comment if you had any light bulb moments! 🙂