March 15, 2020

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Consequences for Injustice
Habakkuk 2:6-14

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When I think of injustice, I think of personal injustices that have been committed toward my family or friends. When my husband and I bought our home 20 years ago, we did not lock our doors. My sisters could come and go as they wanted. Our home was in a central location and close to work for our family, so they would stop by to eat lunch. In the last few years, we are no longer able to do this. We have had several break-ins in our neighborhood, and although the attacks were not on my family, I still feel the need for justice to be done. These incidents leave us feeling uncomfortable. We want to feel safe in our home and neighborhood.

The topic of injustice is mentioned many times in the Bible, and God has always been in favor of justice. The declaration, “A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NKJV), lets us know that our God is always just and righteous. However, because we are human and not perfect, the injustices that have been committed toward us can leave us wanting to have the person pay for their actions. We know that God is perfect and we humans are less than perfect. When we come to understand our imperfections, then we can truly understand and accept God’s righteousness.

The prophet Habakkuk was human, and he separated himself from sinners. He saw that the nation of Judah was committing sin, and he wanted answers as to why God was letting them continue to live in sin. The message to Habakkuk and to us is the same—injustice does have its consequences. But we must not take actions into our hands. We must trust that God’s justice is coming.

The injustices we commit against each other because of our selfishness can affect those around us, and throughout the Bible we can see God does not favor injustice. “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them” (Isaiah 61:8). With these words we know God wants justice in the world, and we should continue to be patient for God’s will to be done.

  • What has been your experience with injustice perpetrated against you or others close to you?
  • When have you been a perpetrator or accomplice to injustice?
  • Where to you draw a line between seeking justice and trusting God to enact justice?
  • What should we do when God’s justice doesn’t match what we expect?

—Kim Ferris, kimcottonferris@outlook.com

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Kimberly Ferris is a Native American from Mississippi. She is a tribal member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and resides on the Choctaw Reservation. She hopes to reach her readers through these writings to let them know that though we are not perfect, we can still serve God in our daily life.

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