“I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.” ~ Charles Bukowski
Have you been wronged in some way recently? By a relative, a boss, a friend? Betrayal, false accusations, back stabbing—there are many forms of injustice.
It’s Just Plain Wrong!
- It isn’t fair that you faithfully served your family many years and now your husband left because he can’t handle your chronic illness.
- It isn’t fair that you sacrificed time as a busy family man to serve the church youth, only to be falsely accused of inappropriately touching a young girl.
- It isn’t fair that your boss overlooked you for a deserved promotion because you spoke out against unethical practices in the company.
It isn’t fair that _____________________________________(fill in your own story).
Pain of Injustice
When we are faced with injustice, it can be very disorienting. And painful. Where do we go with our frustrations, our hurt, our fears, and our desire for vindication? There are countless destructive ways available if we want to meet our own needs, but God longs to meet us right here.
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; You are the helper of the fatherless…You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. (Ps 10:14, 17-18)
Seeing God in Our Situation
This scripture tells us several things about God:
God sees—even if no one else acknowledges the truth.
God hears—our deepest heart cries in the matter.
God acts—he is our helper, encourager, defender.
Finding Our Way
This scripture also shows us the way to make our peace with having been wronged:
Hope in God
Commit ourselves to God
Trust God’s purposes
Temptations When Facing Injustice
Faithfully seeking God will help us avoid succumbing to the victim mentality. We must be careful with our desire for vindication and entrust this to the Lord. The temptation to take matters into our own hands can be strong. The Bible admonishes us here:
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:19)
Prayer for Justice
If you’ve been wronged, remember that God does see, hear, and act according to his good purposes. There’s this beautiful prayer in Lamentations 3:57-59:
You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life. Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!
Yes, Lord. Amen and amen.