Yes, truth is gone,
and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.
The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice.
(Isaiah 59: 15 NLT)
In the world today it is not a real fabulous time to stand for righteousness. Neither was it in Isaiah’s day either. But we should not forget that God’s eyes are not blinded to our blight.
The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “....there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). The reaction of the world to righteousness has always been the same. In Isaiah’s day, when Jesus walked the earth, and today, the response has not changed. Whether Christians portray righteousness with words or just their lifestyles, the unregenerate world does not like it. This should not surprise us. It is just part of the territory.
Before we with slip into a fatalistic malaise we should listen to the rest of Isaiah’s message. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him (v. 16). Though circumstances do not always indicate it, God is committed to justice. God’s eyes are not closed and hands are not tied when He observes injustice in this world. He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds. His fury will fall on his foes. He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth (v. 17).
We should never look to man as the one who treats us fairly. If we fix our eyes on flesh as the ultimate source for the justice due us, we will always be disappointed. It is God who pleads our case. No voice from this world can silence our God. No fury from hell can intimidate our Lord. The God of justice is still on the throne.
Ken Barnes, the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing Email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: https://sites.google.com/site/kenbarnesbooksite/