Ecclesiastes: Injustice and Eternal Justice

Look around. Life is not fair. Addictions. Abuse. Corruption. Homelessness. Oppression. Sex trafficking. Systems failing students. Governments failing citizens. That’s just a short list of all the things we see. And you could drill down on some personal acts of injustice you have experienced in your life. These are not new forms of evil. Solomon saw in his day that wickedness sat where justice and righteousness should reign.

Ecclesiastes 3:16-17
Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.

Solomon addressed the issue of injustice head-on. Here he referred to the truth as he penned about there being a time for everything under heaven (Eccl. 3:1-8). Just as there is a season for everything, there will be a time when God will make everything right. Paul explains that truth should cause men and women to turn from their wicked ways.

Speaking to the philosophers in Athens, Paul said,

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.

-Acts 17:30-31

There will be a day when God will render his final judgment. The “Judge of all the earth” will do what is just (Gen. 18:25). The wicked will be punished forever (Matt. 25:41-46). Those who know God will enter into eternal life. One day God will judge every deed (Eccl. 12:14). This does not mean we should not address the injustices around us when we can. But when we are unable to prevent injustice, we leave it in the hands of God, whom one day will usher in eternal justice.

Father, we pray for justice around the world. Raise up godly men and women to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. Thank you that one day you will make all things right. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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