Do I want justice or to be justified?

RE Verse reading–Luke 18:9-17 (day six)  “Will not God bring about JUSTICE for His elect who cry to Him day and night?” (Luke 18:8)  “I tell you, this man went to his house JUSTIFIED rather than the other.”  (Luke 18:14)  The Bible is filled with people who pray when in trouble.  When life is unfair.  When justice doesn’t come.  “I waited patiently for the Lord. . .He heard my cry and brought me out of the pit of destruction.”  (Psalm 40:1)  Valid use of prayer. ( See Luke 18 — story of the determined widow)  Our reading this week is a second story.  Deeper story,  I think.  Subject still prayer.   Rather than ask that for JUSTICE ( for his circumstances to be made right) the tax-collector seeks to be JUSTIFIED (made right with God).  It is a rare prayer.  Harder.  Different focus.   Most of us blame life and others for our misery or ineffectiveness. This man knew.  What needed to be put right was his own heart.   

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *