A reader recently asked, "What's really going on when God says, 'Justice is mine'? What's He up to? What's going on when others don't seem to have consequences for mean-spirited actions?"
Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.
As a kid, I got into occasional fights with children on my block. I had my share of shouting matches with kids who dominated games we played. I couldn't wait to grow up, to right what was wrong – to be rid of the bullies who used their power to threaten and intimidate.
But when I grew up, I found even more bullies. The bigger they came, the harder they…spoke. And, incredibly, the more deceitful and vindictive they came, the more the system seemed to protect them. With one job, I fought to stay positive with the cycle of vicious character assassination and intimidation that followed me. I was dying to set the record straight.
But instead, I found that the Holy Spirit spoke to me about not always resolving the problem, but rather establishing an anchor of integrity in me.
When you've been dealt an injustice, what was your initial reaction to the immediate situation? Were you able to move past the emotional pain? How did you later frame the experience?