In Psalms 89:14, it states, “Righteousness and justice and the foundation
of your throne. . . .” It is the foundation of God to have righteousness.
There is a story that took place some time ago about the victorious Duke
of Wellington. After his retirement, he used to invite the officers who
served with him in the Battle of Waterloo to a yearly banquet, where they
discussed the exciting experiences of passed days.
At one of these annual events, the Duke produced a lovely jewel box
encrusted with diamonds. The box was passed around the table for the
guests to admire. After some time, the Duke asked for the return of the
jewel box. Everyone wondered who had it. They looked around, they looked
on the table, they looked on the floor, and no one could remember who had
held the jewelry box last. A careful search revealed nothing. At this
stage in the proceedings, someone suggested all the guests present should
be searched. Two raised objections to this proposal – one who would not
agree to being searched; the other the Duke himself, who flatly refused to
have his former officers searched, or humiliated in any way.
The banquet ended with the box still missing. The guests departed,
including the one who had refused to be searched, and consequently, was
regarded with suspicion. Some days later, the Duke found his jeweled box
in an inside pocket of his coat. It had been returned to him on the night
of the banquet, and, he had picked up the box without thinking and slipped it into his inside pocket.
At once the Duke set out to find the guest who had declined to be
searched. He found the officer living in the poor section of the city,
nursing his sick wife. After informing him that the missing box had been
found, the Duke inquired, “Why did you object to being searched, thus
drawing suspicion to you?”
The officer replied, “In my pocket that night was a large portion of my
meal. I simply slipped it from my plate to a paper sack, so I might take
food to my sick wife.”
There are so many times when, in our mind, we are quick to judge and
quick to want to dispense some kind of justice but we may not know the
whole story, the whole truth.
As spiritual people, we seek to be on an even keel with our beloved, non- judging God.
It is the foundation of God to have Divine justice higher than human
justice. When we think of justice, it is natural to think in human terms
of justice or rewards, and of punishment. The idea of justice is lifted to
a higher meaning when we realize God has provided us with the best
possible outcome for all.
God’s Divine justice is not a system of reward and punishment, but rather
it is a law that will ensure God’s perfect order is being demonstrated.
When you align yourself, your mind, and your heart with this Divine law
of God, you are shown the way how to live within God’s system of
Many people feel they have been wronged in some way. Maybe something has
happened to them and they feel they have been wronged and justice has not
been served. When we turn to God in prayer and ask for understanding, we
then find peace.
Do you feel or have you ever felt in some way you are being falsely accused? It may begin as simple as a silly argument. Again, if you turn to God, a Divine love will be within you, no matter what people may say about you. It will sustain you through every moment of life.
Unfair circumstances may often seem to disrupt the order and harmony in our
life. Yet, we know that even the most carefully planned life has a road
map with some detours along the way. Still, because of our faith, we
hold tightly to the knowledge that God is actively at work within us. We
trust in God, even when everything is going against us. We trust in
God and relax, and we flow with the experiences instead of resisting them.
We do not struggle against apparent wrong. Rather, we know that good is
always present and our positive approach will bring God to us and allow
God to reveal the good to us.
Truth of God will keep you poised during those dark nights of your soul.
It will keep you confident. This is the truth; God is in charge of your
life and all is well. You hold to that in prayer and you know that no
matter what human beings say about you, God– my God and your God – is the
God of just outcomes, true, divine justice.
Here is a story of Paul and Silas in prison. (Acts 16:16-18) “One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ She kept doing this for many days.
But Paul, very much annoyed. . . .”
Can you imagine? Here is this woman following Paul and Silas shouting
these things. After a couple of days, Paul is ready to take justice into
his own hands. He turned to her, and he also turned to God.
“He said, “… I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of
her.” And it came out that very hour.” (Acts 16:18)
She was calmed instantly, she was infilled with God. “But when her
owners saw that their hope of making money was gone. . .” (Acts 16:19)
This made her owners very mad. They said, ‘Sure she was sick, but why did
you change her?’ She was making us money. Now she is no good to us at all. How dare you do this! They seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, ‘These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.’ The crowd joined in attacking them. …. ….” (Acts 16:19-22)
As humans, we can easily enter lowest areas of our mind, which is almost
animal nature, and action. One or two people joined together in the mind of animal nature can become a lynch mob. Or, we can join one or two together in the mind of God, and can create great things for us and for our world. It
is always our choice.
“The crowd joined in attacking them and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.” (Acts 16:22-24)
Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever had a time when your family did
not understand you? You knew what you were doing was right.
Sometimes it may have seemed those around you not only locked you in a
prison cell of their personal beliefs about you, but put you in the innermost cell where you would never find a way out. Not only that, but they wanted to keep you in your place so they put your legs in leg irons. I know some here can
relate to that because we are human, and we live with humans. There
will be people who love us, people who don’t love us, and some people will
want to put us in a place, in a category in their minds, where we don’t
belong; and it is unfair.
What do we do about it? First choice – “I’m going to take revenge. When I
get out of here, I am going to say this and that and I’m going to try to
ruin their life in every way I possibly can. I’m going to make their life
miserable.” Does that win? No, it never wins. There is only one person who
we make miserable and that is ourselves. We have to go to God.
This is a story is about two human beings. They are in the innermost cell
and they are in leg irons. You would think they would be complaining,
shouting, and thinking, “How can God do this to us? How can these people
do this to us? We are going to call all of our people and we are going to
make sure they are hurt like they hurt us.”
“About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying. . . .”(Acts 16:25)
That is significant. What happens at midnight? It is begins a new day. It is a new day in your life. Every time you pray, it is going to be a new day for you and for your world and for your life. “About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake. . .” (Acts 16:25-26)
An earthquake shifts, it changes, and moves things. “. . . so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken. . . .” (Acts 16:26)
Every foundation in our own life can be shaken by God Almighty – NOT by humans, but by God.
“. . . .And immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains
were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide
open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed
the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’” (Acts 16:26-28)
Divine justice is good for all, not just for you. It does not seek revenge;
it seeks God’s good FOR EVERYONE.
“The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling
before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, ‘Sirs, what
must I do to be saved?’ They answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night, he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.” (Acts 16:29-34)
That is one part of the story and here is the next:
“But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, ‘Let those
men go.’” (Acts 16:35)
Again, it was a new day with new thinking. Paul and Silas did not have
any contact with the magistrates, yet they had a change of heart.
When you go to God in prayer, you are changing your entire world.
The change in thinking and the other person may be immediate,
and sometimes, it may take years. BUT there will be a change of human thinking. The main thing is that you have spiritually changed.
You are filled with the presence of God’s love and you are trusting by letting
go and letting God. You are no longer in prison by what happened to you
unfairly. You are released. You are no longer held captive by your hate.
“And the jailer reported the words to Paul, saying, ‘The magistrates have
said to let you go; now therefore come out and go in peace.’ But Paul
said to them, ‘They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are
Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now cast us
out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.’ The police
reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they
heard that they were Roman citizens; so they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city.” (Acts 16:36-39)
When a you or anyone holds fast to God’s Divine justice, people who hated you; who wanted to do great harm to you will come and say to you themselves, “I did wrong.” But you do not care; that is outside you, because you have already been released inside. Once you have been released from the prison (the leg irons) in your own mind, no one else can put you back into that prison.
You are free with the freedom of Christ. You wish nothing for that
company, that situation, that family member, except love. You love them
in a God-given way.
It happens in you as you give yourself to God in prayer and release your
prison thinking about the situation and the person or persons involved.
Just watch what happens. Pray for people who do not like you or perhaps have
thought wrongly about you – not to change them, but to change you.
Remove the leg irons. Release yourself from prison.
Let us pray.
Dear God, I thank You for being with me at all times, even when I am in
the valley of the shadow of death. When I feel as if I am so alone, and I have no one standing with me, I know You are with me.
And, Lord, I pray for Divine justice, and by dong so, I release others and also in so doing, I release the leg irons and release myself from my innermost cell.
In Christ’s name…. Amen