Justice: Legend & Legacy
By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of June 26, 2022
One of the great blessings God gives us is justice. It is a covenant benefit, provided by Jesus' sacrifice. When we receive He, who is our Justice, we receive it. In daily life here on earth, we will see divine justice come into place when we do things God's way, not ours.
Just like with other virtues, such as faith, wisdom, and grace, we can sow seeds of justice and grow in justice. So, if we desire to experience a God-level justice in our lives, we need to have a heart for Him and follow through in His ways.
In this way, it’s possible, with God, to build a strong foundation of justice in our lives, as justice and righteousness are pillars of God's throne (Ps 89:14). This said, it isn’t about rules. It’s about what’s right in God’s eyes.
The Word for justice in Hebrew (chakam) can mean wise or wise-hearted, intelligent, skillful or artful (Strong’s #2450). So, we see here that there is wisdom in justice and acting justly and that doing so releases fresh beauty.
Conversely, to act unjustly (foolishly) brings punishment (Proverbs 11:21, 19:9).
Therefore, when we experience an injustice, it's important to ask our Lord, "What would You have me see and know in this?" It is possible God is using injustice to get our attention to repent of something we're unaware of. It’s possible He is extending an invitation to us to come up higher and know Him and His ways better.
In this way, justice can be mapped out, so we can see our pathway more clearly. God will reveal His legend to us for the asking so we can walk out His best legacy—one He offers us as an inheritance (Ps 37:23).
Divine justice is an expression of God’s goodness. It isn’t about what we deserve. It’s about His love for us and His spiritual laws at work on our behalves.
This is why we sometimes see others getting blessed when we know about something unjust they have done. Their time of pressing may not have come yet. But their own actions will confront them in God’s way and time.
Our Heavenly Father is faithful, no matter what we or others do.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I did a small personal business transaction with a woman who proved to be unscrupulous in attitude and process. Earlier that same day, Holy Spirit revealed to me how to handle the situation by instructing me to not get bound up in the enemy's snare through this woman.
But when it all came down, I felt I had to stand for truth and warn others. Only this was not what God desired I do. My way seemed right. But God's way was higher and involved not even engaging in the battle at all. In other words, I was to let it go and trust God to deal with it for me.
This is not to suggest that we shouldn’t speak up as led by Holy Spirit. But there are times, like this, when we should pray, not engage in the provoke, and hand it over to God to fight it entirely.
God knows when the enemy tries to use people to provoke us into battles. These battles have consequences, because they are not initiated by our Lord. Any battle God does not send us into with a battle strategy is not from Him. It’s a provoke from the evil one designed to catch us up and away from all things Godly.
These are enemy attacks purposed to adversely affect our joy and momentum. They are designed to bind and destroy God's abundance and fulfilled promises in our lives, especially when the time of manifestation is very near. It's one of the devil’s finish-line strategies.
However, even when we don’t get it completely right, God doesn't leave us or forsake us. His mercies are new each day and they trump judgment. Therefore, God will use this type of test to grow us toward greater freedom on new levels and areas. He will invite us to lay down our limited views of His righteousness and justice and receive His true perspective and actions for the situation.
Thankfully, God offers us an escape when we get ourselves into a bind. He’s that good to us.
Interestingly, shortly after this situation took place, I was at a local thrift store and saw three wood gavels laying on a shelf. Each one was a different size: small, medium and large. I smiled, because I knew God was showing me a pictorial of how He was working by growing me in His truth and justice and reminding me that He will take care of my situation.
So, how have you experienced God growing you in justice? Are you seeing and acting in His ways?
God has big, manifest blessings for us to grow into, even blessings of recompense. We don't want to miss them by standing in our own way. We can choose to trust Him by faith and do the right and just thing.
So, pray with me, if you will…
Thank You for helping us to stay on the path that You have commanded us to follow. So that we will live long and prosperous lives in the land we are about to enter and occupy (Deuteronomy 5:33).
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.