7 But the Lord reigns forever,
executing judgment from his throne.
8 He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
Justice and fairness. Aren’t they wonderful words. Well, actually, most people only like them when they apply to themselves. We want justice for our people and we want to be treated fairly. But sometimes, we don’t mind so much if others receive unfair treatment. Or if others don’t receive justice.
I’ve blogged about this before with the whole “fair” and “even” that my kids are always so concerned with. I tell them that they do not want even–they want fair.
The internet defines justice as: judgment involved in the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishments and fairness as: the ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty. Obviously, you can now see the irony in this image.
It is hard being fir to the kids all the time. Some days, despite my best efforts, I’m not fair. I simply am not strong enough. I don’t have all the facts. I didn’t see what the kids had been doing 5 seconds before my son hit my daughter. Or maybe she was kicking him. It’s so hard to be sure.
But God can always be certain. He is the ultimate when it comes to rights, rewards and punishment.
This should make me feel relieved. God’s telling us that we don’t have to be the ones in charge. He’s on the thrown. He’s in control. Let him execute his judgement, in His time. That I think is the hard part. We want to be “fixer” and think (fess up now!) it would probably be a little bit quicker if perhaps we stepped in and offered God a hand.
We don’t have to worry about being fair and showing justice–NOT that we shouldn’t attempt it and honor it. I mean, when you fall short, oh and trust me, you will, you need to remember to give it to God. He will take care of it.