Pr. 28:5: “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.”
In John 7:24, after Jesus was confronted by people complaining against Him, He said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
It can be so easy for us to judge people and circumstances by what we see on the outside. However, when we are seekers of the Lord, and are consistently gaining more understanding of Him and His will, we find that judgment does not come quite so easily.
The wisdom from the Lord helps us to understand justice according to God’s will and not our own.
We want revenge, but God says vengeance is His. We want to strike back, but God says turn the other cheek. We want to be found more faithful, but God says humble yourself and do not think more highly of yourself than you ought. We believe in choice, but the Lord says to plead the cause of those unable to speak for themselves.
Justice, according to us, is self-seeking and certainly fickle. One day we’re in a kind, peaceful, forgiving mood. The next day we might find ourselves mad at the world. If we seek justice according to our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and personal beliefs, disaster will certainly ensue. How many wars, divorces, and divisions could have been avoided if personal justice wasn’t sought?
When we become more like Jesus, seeking the will of the Father, then we understand justice according to the One who is true. God’s ways are not our ways, but plans are for good, and He has proven Himself through the ages to be faithful and sovereign.
If we are to understand justice, we should seek to understand justice from the viewpoint of our Father in heaven. We can dig through His word and understand what true justice is. When we seek the Lord we can understand all.