The list of scriptures that speak to God’s love for justice goes on and on. The theme of justice is not merely peppered into the Bible here and there; it is woven throughout the narrative of God’s story. Justice is not peripheral but rather is central to God’s story.
So what is justice? Justice is the act of restoring something to fullness after it has been harmed. Justice is making things right. But that definition for me is still a little incomplete. Even more fundamental than a definition of justice is the place from which our understanding of justice emanates. It is hard to restore what has been wronged if you don’t have a point of reference.
If fullness is the goal for us as the church and as Christians, we must seek to understand the fullness of what God intended for His creation. We need to more deeply understand God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit. We need to more deeply grow in intimacy with the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. More often than not, we’re fixed on the brokenness of our world because we are constantly surrounded by it. But if we’re not careful, we lose sight of God. We lose sight of God’s purposes and intent for creation. We lose sight of God’s promise to restore our brokenness and our fallen world.
This is why for us, as Christians, the person of God, the deity of God, God’s justice, and God’s goodness are such powerful things. God’s justice is His plan of redemption for a broken world. God’s justice is renewing the world to where He would have intended it to be.
* Have you ever been so focused on the brokenness of the world that you lost sight of God? What practices can you undertake so that you don’t lose sight of God’s beauty and His plan while battling the injustice and brokenness of the world?