There is within each of us an innate sense of justice. We believe in a right and a wrong. We believe that right should prevail and the wrong prevail, to quote the hymn. We look at our world and we see that it’s topsy-turvey. Justice in our courtrooms appears to be a joke. Vandals and thieves are destroying and stealing property. Strife and conflict are a normal way of life.
Habakkuk noted the same problems in Judah: “How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.” God answers Habakkuk’s prayer by telling him that He will destroy this wickedness; but that the destruction would be brought about by the most vicious and cruel empire in the world at that time. Only later would Babylon fall, according to God. In the meanwhile, the people of Judah would suffer greatly at the hands of the Babylonians.
I think I understand how Habakkuk must have felt when he got that answer. I would have replied with something like, “Lord, can we have a recount?” or “Lord, have you thought of another way of dealing with this injustice?” We live in a world full of injustice today. I am sure that many of us seek God’s guidance on how to deal with injustice. I think that God answers a little differently today. I think He would say, “You need to bring justice by your words and actions.” Today, in whatever you do, seek to be just in all your dealings and make the world a little better place to live.