by Sheri Schofield
Knock! Knock! No, it’s not a joke. It’s that woodpecker putting holes in the side of our church! Every day it comes by and pecks a little bit more of the wood away. He’s pecked a sizable hole already.
We’ve tried chasing him off – there’s a pile of small stones on the ground outside for the men to use to chase him away when he pecks during the church service. But that pesky bird keeps coming back! He’s persistent.
It reminds me of a story Jesus told. There was once a woman who had been harmed. She went to the judge of her city and begged him to help her get justice. But the judge was a scoundrel himself and felt contemptuous toward everyone else. He didn’t want to help her. Day after day, the woman went to the judge. “Please give me justice!” she would beg. Day after day, the judge ignored her.
But the woman’s persistent plea, day after day, finally got to him. He thought, “I don’t respect God or man, but this woman is really getting under my skin. If I don’t give her justice, she’s going to wear me out. So, just to get rid of her, I’m going to give her justice.”
Jesus said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:6-8, NIV)
Have you ever been a victim of injustice? How important is true justice to God? The prophet Isaiah writes, “For I, the LORD, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing.” (Isaiah 61:8, NLT)
This world is full of injustice, for the prince of darkness, the devil, rages against the day when Jesus will return and put an end to him and his works. Until that day comes, there will be injustice. Around the world, Christians are put in prison and killed daily because of their faith. Those who want to do right are often harassed and slandered here in our own country.
Are you one who has suffered because of your faith?
Our family faced a huge injustice years ago, and the debilitating results are with us to this day. At first, I was so angry that every time I heard the name of the group that hurt us, that name would light up in flaming red capitol letters in my brain. Those around us refused to believe what we had suffered, for it didn’t fit their ideas of what America was like. There was no validation, no comfort. No justice.
Then the Lord spoke to me out of Romans 12:19 (NIV) where Paul writes, “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.”
Because of those words, I was able to gradually relax, trust God, and have faith in him. He alone knows what true justice is. Now, years later, I have been able to let it go. Not because we received justice, but because God used our experience to help thousands of others receive it. Though God graciously showed us why we had to suffer, God’s people do not always get to see the reason. We must live by faith, not by sight, and know that when we leave room for God’s justice, it is enough.
Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24 NIV
About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!
Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, is a beautifully illustrated, interactive picture book, written for children ages 4-8, that helps parents lead their children into a lasting, saving relationship with Jesus. It explains abstract concepts through words and interactive, multi-sensory activities. Useful for children’s ministry as well.
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