1 Peter 4:17-19
Last week, the Chilliwack Progress covered two sad stories on the front cover. One involved a convicted offender who was asking for parole. The other involved a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. And, in both, people asked the question: “Where is the justice?” “How is this fair?”
Suffering always raises questions of justice. It always raises the issue of rightness and fair play. When the innocent are hurt or the righteous are persecuted, there is always a reaction in our hearts. We wonder: Why does God allow this to happen? Why doesn’t He step in and do something about it?
Apparently, this is a problem that people have been wrestling with for centuries because Peter writes about it in 1 Peter 4:17: “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel?” In other words, God will have His justice. He will have rightness and fair play. He will have it first in the church through direction, correction, and instruction. And then He will have it with unbelievers in Hell, which is a terrifying thought.
Do you wrestle with God’s justice today? Come join us this Sunday morning as we talk about that. Do you struggle with His rightness and fair play? Do you have trouble understanding why He doesn’t step in and do something about it? There are answers to those questions in the Word of God. Come see what they are. We meet at 9:15 at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Bring your Bibles and an open heart. – Jeremy Cagle