“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;” Psalm 89:14
“For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints.” Psalm 37:28
“Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.” Psalm 97:2
“For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18
I recently have been listening to some teaching on the justice of God (a reoccurring theme in my life). I learned about God’s process of justice and how we get justice. Just like in the legal system, there is a process. The steps I identified:
1) Ask God to forgive you (for fleshly responses to people who are/have hurt you).
2) Forgive those who have hurt you (not always an easy step and can take time).
You must do these two steps first before proceeding!
3) Go before God, the righteous judge and ask for justice – this may be harder than you think because most of us do not think we are “worthy” or we are afraid because we think “judgment” will fall on us. When doing this, you must be specific (catch the thief so to speak or use Luke 18 as an example). You can only do this correctly and purely if you have first forgiven and asked for forgiveness.
4) Be persistent and leave the rest in God’s hands.
“In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily.” Luke 18:2-8
Now to my story, I have been working on this for a while around work situations and other relationships and circumstances (at multiple places – a reoccurring theme). I have previously asked for justice, but I am not sure my heart was totally free and pure. Whatever the case, I prayed again, and this time …
As I came before the throne of God, I saw a judge sitting behind a raised desk (bench). To my left and the Judge’s right, I saw a man whom I recognized as Jesus. I made my petition for justice. As I spoke, I asked not just for myself, but for my family, both immediate and extended. The Father (Judge) listened intently and when I was tempted to stop, he motioned me to continue and would say, “there is more”. This happened several times. Finally I was done. The Father handed me a piece of paper. I could not make out the writing, but I saw beside each sentence – 7 fold, 7 fold, then I would see a 10 fold. When I was making my petition, I would ask for 7 fold restoration (as Scripture teaches), but every once in a while the Judge would say, “Don’t you want 10 fold?” I choose to leave that in his hands because he is the righteous judge. At the end, he said, “It is done”, he slammed down the gavel hard, and said, “Justice is done”. Lastly, I saw angels coming into God’s presence and he commissioned them on an assignment into the earth. They quickly “flew” away.
This was both a freeing and frightening experience. For God’s justice to go forth, we must be willing to lay ourselves down before him. And most of all we must ask for his righteous justice. But as I have noticed many times, God’s justice tends to show up in ways we don’t expect!
“People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.” Proverbs 6:30-31
“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of moneyand a ring of gold. And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” Job 42:10-12
There is a process to receive God’s justice, but the most important thing is we have to ask!