Where is the God of justice?

You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”

Malachi 2:17

Where is the God of justice?  Is there any justice in the world?  Why does God allow evil to go unpunished?

This is a very common dispute people have with God.

It’s a dispute you’ve probably had with God.

God is supposed to be just. God says we must be just. But we live in an unjust and wicked world?

In Malachi’s time, the unbelieving nations surrounding Judah and Jerusalem were prospering, while their own crops were failing. The great promises of renewal remained unfulfilled and God seemed very distant.

Where was the justice?

We see the high crime rate in South Africa, we hear of murders and rapes, old people in our suburbs and townships are robbed of their life-savings, corrupt business leaders and politicians prosper, and the sordid list continues.

We live in a country of huge inequalities, where many people were hurt by state-sanctioned abuse.

We see our non-Christian friends ignoring God, doing their own thing and having the time of their lives.

All this while Christian people seek to be godly, face hardships,  endure temptation, struggle with sin, and face disappointments and hurts.

The typical (secular) way to deal with this conundrum is to deny either that God is good or that God is all-powerful.  That is, God may be good, but he doesn’t have the power to bring about justice. Or, God is all-powerful, but he can’t be good, as so many bad things happen.

Yet, the Bible tells us that God is good and all-powerful.

“Where is the God of Justice? “, the people asked.

He’s coming!”, said Malachi (Malachi 3:1-5), “but watch out!  Not many will endure his coming, for he will start by purifying his people and then administering justice on those who do not fear him.”

What is the message for us today?

The message for us is twofold:  I have come, says the Lord, and I will come again.

According to the New Testament, the promised coming of the Lord is in fact two comings.

Jesus came the first time to deal with sin, to provide a means of cleansing and purification for God’s people.  He came to die for the sins and wrongdoing of God’s people because the just God must punish sin. Jesus was punished in our place so that we can escape God’s judgement.

Jesus is coming again a second time to judge “the wicked”; all who do not fear God.  All without Christ will be held accountable by God.  God will save his people, but judge his enemies.

What a terrible day that will be when God administers his final, comprehensive, uncompromising justice.  Every sin, every lawless deed and every crime will be exposed and punished by the just God.  

However, 2 Peter 3:9-10, tells us that God is delaying the second coming of Jesus to give people the opportunity to turn to him.

Where is the God of Justice?

He entered our world as a baby. He lived a perfect life and then hung on a cross to satisfy his Father’s justice, so that you and I may be forgiven.

And he is coming again. Not as a baby, but as a great King to administer that same justice. 

There will be and must be justice. The Just God will stand for nothing less.  All evildoers must be punished. No loopholes, nor bribes, nor Appeals Court.

The question is: can you endure the day of Jesus’ second coming?

What about the evil in your heart and the sins in your life? They cry out for justice.

Perhaps, you need to call for God’s mercy, before you call for his justice?

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 3:36