Friday January 15
This week's promise: God is always fair and just
Do You Understand Justice?
Evil people don't understand justice, but those who follow the Lord understand completely.
Proverbs 28:5 NLT
Awareness of justice
Justice means righteousness, lawfulness, and moral rightness, the quality of being true or correct, the moral principle determining just conduct. So justice has a moral quality. It contains a concept of what is right and, therefore, must also have a concept of what is wrong. Only people who understand these concepts of right and wrong can understand and administer justice. By extension, only those who follow the Lord can understand justice. Why? Because they subscribe to the foundational laws of the one who created them.
Thus, as this proverb points out, evil people don't understand justice. Because they refuse to subscribe to justice's moral underpinnings given by God in his Word, they are left to discover their own truths. As a result, many conclude that there is no truth. Others conclude that everyone can have different truths. Both perspectives are hopelessly doomed. And as a building without a foundation will crumble, so justice can never be served without the foundation of right and wrong as given by God in his Word.
WISE WAYS What are you using for your foundation? Where do you get your concept of truth, of right and wrong?
Today, Lord, teach me the foundational truths about life that are given in your Word.
Adapted from The One Year® Book of Proverbs, by Neil S. Wilson, Tyndale House Publishers (2002), entry for February 28
Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.G K CHESTERTON
Delay of justice is injustice.WALTER S LANDOR
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House