We continue our examination of God’s relationship to fate, justice, and abuse.
God created human beings in His image. That is the reason we have a sense of justice at all. Our sense of justice cannot be greater than God’s, since it derives from His.
Yet, because ours is a fallen world, we do not always see justice done. The innocent suffer, as abuse victims can attest. That is deeply disturbing to us…and it should be. The question is whether we can trust a God who allows innocent suffering.
The answer to that rests with the character of God. God is love personified. He is holy beyond all measure, entirely incapable of evil. And God is all powerful. He is not, therefore, overcome by evil.
If we trust in Him, God is capable of sustaining us, despite our suffering. God’s justice, however, plays out on a grand scale, against the backdrop of eternity. We may not see justice done in our lifetime. The Jeffrey Epsteins of this world may triumph for awhile. But, in the long run, they do not escape justice (Gal. 6: 7).
Knowing these things about God, we can fully place our trust in Him.
Scripture assures us of God’s concern for our welfare in this broken world.
“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed” (Deut. 31: 8).
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12: 7).
In fact, we are told God knows us intimately.
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off” (Ps. 139: 1-2).
We are not mere pawns on a chessboard. God has a plan for humanity and a good purpose for our lives.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29: 11).
We may not know all the details. But we can be assured God’s plan will come to pass.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud…
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void…” (Isa. 55: 10-11).
The Ultimate Injustice
As the only begotten Son of God, Christ was subjected to the ultimate injustice. A willing but innocent victim, He died to give those who believe in Him victory over sin and death. This is sacrifice for our sakes. This is love beyond any we were once denied.
The gentian blossoms pictured above are, as it happens, symbols of justice and victory. Justice and victory: abuse victims could not do better.
Part 1 in this series was posted 7/26/20.
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