Justice. I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a longing for things to be made right. When I see things that are unjust, I want them fixed yesterday. I want the truth to be known and things to be fair. This is all good and great until the things are out of my control. I don’t have the ability to make everything right in the world or to fix every injustice I see. Sitting around being frustrated by this fact isn’t going to change it. Reading this passage telling of Paul’s long journey through the justice system being charged for crimes his accusers couldn’t even prove simply drives me batty. I want to scream, “It’s not fair! He did nothing wrong! What an absolute waste of time!”
Then I remember…God’s plan is better. Even as Paul was being treated unjustly, he saw many an opportunity to become less so that His Savior could become more. He continually shared the good news of the gospel to those in his reach, he witnessed to his accusers through his defense, and he sought to bring glory to God and rejoice in his own suffering. What if we did the same? What if we sought to love others and lean into God’s good plans even when life is tough or things seem unfair?