Grace and mercy
When life seems unfair, when people who have hurt us seem to get away with it, or when we’ve been wronged and those responsible don’t face any consequences, in despair we might begin to cry out, ‘Where are you, God?’ We want justice immediately. We struggle, we question, and we doubt. The psalmist wrote: ‘Lord, why are you so far away? Why do you hide when there is trouble?’ (Psalm 10:1 NCV). Then later, David, who’d been forgiven and restored after committing adultery and murder, writes: ‘The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly…The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love towards those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are’ (Psalm 103:6-14 NLT). Just as God shows grace and mercy to us when we hurt others or do something wrong, He offers that same grace and mercy to those who have hurt us. The Bible tells us, ‘God will judge everything, even what is done in secret, the good and the evil’ (Ecclesiastes 12:14 NCV). We need to trust God to judge as He sees best, and allow His love and restoring power to soothe our disappointments, break down our bitterness, and heal our wounds.
Has someone hurt or wronged you, and you feel you haven’t seen justice? Today, talk to God about the situation and try to pray for the person who hurt you.
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