Justice is not just a legal term, it is the very nature of God. In the Old Testament of the Bible the prophet Moses tells us that God is a rock. “His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” (Deut. 32:4). When we look at how God’s justice works, we are actually seeing a glimpse into the very nature and being of God’s existence as it reflects in this world.
There are many examples of justice served in the Bible, but I would like to share with you two of my favorite contemporary examples of modern justice brought about by some very courageous people and God. One is the story of Myrlie Evers-Williams who waited 30 years for justice and is one of the most patient and courageous people I have ever met. Her husband Medgar Evers was murdered during the Civil Rights era in the driveway of their home. It took three trials and extraordinary divine intervention to gather all the evidence which had been hidden for 30 years, but her husband’s killer was finally convicted. The story about this extraordinary road to justice was portrayed in the movie “Ghosts of Mississippi” not to be confused with “Mississippi Burning” which was another story about prejudice and racial injustice. Whoopie Goldberg played the part of Myrlie Evers-Williams, but it is difficult to catch on screen, even by the finest actors or directors, the internal and eternal spirit of such a brave woman. Her public appearances and books, For Us, the Living (1967) and Watch Me Fly: What I Learned On the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be (1999), explain in wonderful detail her faith in God’s justice and how we all are called sometimes to be a part in bringing justice to fruition. It is never “Just Us” since God is the author of justice itself.
The second example is that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We celebrate his life each year, but sometimes do not understand the extraordinary courage and faith he displayed during his short life with regard to fighting for social justice. Dr. King believed in non-violence even to the point of being beaten by his foes during one of his organized marches for anti-discrimination. It was not until I read his biography that I realized that during the same week he had gone to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize, his home was fire-bombed by a hate group. Can you imagine? No amount of recognition or hard work towards justice and peace could stop those who simply have no regard for righteousness.
The reason why the two examples above seem to represent the epitome or height of the devoted seeker of justice is because they both displayed an incredible and significant amount of patience and kindness. God’s timing is not ours and all the pieces of the puzzle must first fit together first to arrive at the ultimate truth. They were both very brave since we know that their lives were always in danger for speaking the truth and about God’s truth. Finally, they were both confident that God would answer their prayers and bring justice, which of course scares the evil doers who can see God’s justice unfolding right at their door. God works in believers lives by giving them wisdom and faith which are gifts of the spirit of God. Sometimes God even uses divine intervention to bring about retribution for all the parties concerned even those the just do not even know were a party!
Both Myrlie Evers-Williams and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were able to allow God to reveal justice in their lives because they were blessed with the spiritual gifts of True Wisdom which goes beyond mere knowledge, and True Faith or trust, which is believed before it is seen. This kind of faith which allows for boldness and courage come from experience and a true relationship with God. One can count on justice because one can count on God who is justice.