From the beginning to the end of Scriptures, God shows Himself as a god of justice, of rightness and goodness. He set His laws in place as a structure in which His creation could fully, peacefully, and joyfully live, but we have failed to respect and rely on that structure. Even the system we call “justice” on earth today is flawed and, sometimes, horribly twisted by evil.
Yet, the Sovereign Lord loves what is good and just (Psalm 33:5), and He asks His people to live according to His standards:
…the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right [just], to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
The promise of Scripture is that His justice will always have the last word. Sometimes, He acts immediately. We see it in Scriptures, and we have seen it in our current world. Sometimes, justice is yet to come. We wait for that day. (See 2 Thessalonians 1:8)
His justice is as certain and as immeasurable as His love, His faithfulness, and His righteousness.
Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
(Psalm 36:5, 6)
We may not be able to comprehend the vastness of these things now, but one day, God promises to give His people a life ruled and filled by His goodness and justice. The prophecies we have of the future kingdom of Christ picture a world where
…the wolf and the lamb will live together;
the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.
The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion…
and a little child will lead them all.
Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,
for as the waters fill the sea,
so the earth will be filled with people who know the LORD.
(from Isaiah 11:6, 9)
It’s an amazing thing to walk the beach in south Lubec, Maine, as the tide comes in. From what seems to be a thin silver thread far out in the channel, the waters move in, rapidly and inexorably transforming vast mud flats into a beautiful expanse of glittering sea. That promised day, when the earth fills with knowledge and reverence of the Lord will be an even more wonderful transformation.
I wonder, will our new world be even more glorious than the Garden of Eden, that perfect place first designed for us?
My hope knows it’s coming.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
(from Psalm 25:5)