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1 Justice how a child of God deals with its apparent absence in His creation

2 Introduction how to reconcile God’s justice and sovereignty with injustices that happen each day? (Jer. 12:1) ▫David also explores this question in Psalm 73  the problem of injustice (v.1-14)  the source of enlightenment (v.15-17)  the inspired answer (v.18-28) why does injustice exist in the world, and how can we maintain our faith and trust in God?

3 The Reality of Injustice consequence of a world full of sin ▫justice  quality of being right ▫sin  missing the mark of righteousness ▫therefore, when sin entered the world, so did injustice (Gen. 1:31)(Hab. 1:2-4) prosperity of the wicked (Ps. 73:1-14) ▫worldly success cannot be an indicator of God’s favor, else more righteous would be wealthy ▫while wicked lie, cheat, and steal for gain, the Christian is instructed to be content (1 Tim. 6:6-8)

4 The Reality of Injustice suffering of the saints ▫“whom the Lord loves, He chastens” (Heb. 12:6) ▫persecution (2 Tim. 3:12)(1 Pet. 2:19-21) limits of even sincere human justice ▫besides the problem of sin, man simply cannot escape injustice because not all-knowing ▫even the most well-intentioned judge and jury can get the verdict wrong, not knowing the thoughts of the heart of the accused and the accusers

5 Our Reaction to Injustice peace in the sovereignty of God (Ps. 37:1-11) ▫that life does not seem fair is not an indication of the absence or inattention of God ▫rather, those committed to waiting with Him will enjoy the blessings of spiritual prosperity prosperity of wicked is short lived (Ps. 73:18-20) ▫fruit of sin is fleeting, and its wages are death (Heb. 11:24-26)(Rom. 6:23) ▫not to be compared with the spiritual treasure of the righteous (Lk. 12:15)(Mt. 6:19-21)

6 Our Reaction to Injustice strive to be blameless ▫God grows weary of those calling for justice, yet living unjust lives (Mal. 2:17) ▫peace in a clear conscience in the face of accusations (Ps. 37:37-38)(1 Pet. 3:15-16) leave vengeance to the Lord ▫not our place to right all wrongs and execute justice on evil (Rom. 12:14, 17-21)  can pursue justice by lawful means (Acts 16:35-37) ▫committed to God’s judgment (1 Pet. 2:21-23)

7 The Perfect Justice of God (Prov. 29:26) He alone knows man’s heart (Ps. 7:9-10) ▫in Judgment, no need of witnesses, and no hope to sway His wrath (2 Cor. 5:10)(Rev. 20:11-15) He alone can redeem (Rom. 3:23-26) ▫in the death of Christ, He showed His just wrath for sin, and in the resurrection and our hope, He showed His just mercy and grace

8 Conclusion like even the inspired writers, we may not understand why things happen like they do ▫but by God’s grace and guidance, we can trust and know that justice will eventually, and eternally, prevail (Ps. 73:21-28) until then, let us “observe mercy and justice, and wait on [our] God continually” (Hos. 12:6)

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