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Jesus and prayers for justice
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
December 5, 2023

I long for a world that’s filled with justice, don’t you? Justice is that deep desire we have that all the innocent people are protected and all the guilty people are punished, the ache we all feel for things in this life that are simply unfair. 

We don’t want to live in a world where innocent people are assumed to be dangerous or where parents have to warn their sons about where to keep their hands when caught speeding. No, we want justice. And we don’t want to live in a world where wearing blue is bad, where people who risk their lives to serve are assumed to be evil. No, we want justice. Justice is what we want in our communities, homes, schools, and churches.

Thankfully, Jesus wants justice too. “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly” (Luke 18:7,8). While “quickly” might mean something different to the eternal God than it does to temporary humans like us, Jesus’ promise still gives us hope.

God’s people will see justice. God will not put off our cries forever. The God who chose us despite our sin will one day make sure that sin disappears forever.

So, chosen one, keep praying. God hears your cries. Your Father will see that we get justice, and quickly.