December 23 - Making Things Right

By Mike Clarensau

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 30:21-23

Central Thought: God made the human heart to desire justice.

    Life should be fair. There is something inside each of us that is stirred when we are treated wrongly. We are determined that the culprit not succeed, and that justice will win in the end.

    But life is not fair. Injustice has its victories. People doing the wrong thing often succeed at the expense of the innocent. It is perhaps the hardest lesson of childhood. And as adults, we are little more ready to receive it. But it is a fact—life is not always fair.

    How does one respond to such knowledge? Does he give up hope of justice and allow a crust of cynicism to form on the edges of his heart? Or does he spend his life's energy fighting uphill battles, seeking to conquer what will not yield? Perhaps somewhere in the middle is best. Injustice should always call us to action, but that action should be measured against the reality of what we confront.

    For the writer of this Proverb, injustice is disturbing. His language even speaks of the world's shudder when someone has usurped another's place. But God will bring justice. He doesn't let the oppressor win in the eternal scales. For—you see—that hunger for what is right was placed in each of us by the God whose image we bear.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, use me to bring justice to those in my path today. Help me to see their plight with compassion and give myself with wisdom to their needs.

Today's Bible Reading: Zechariah 4:1-5:11; Revelation 14:1-20; Psalm 142:1-7; Proverbs 30:21-23