Very few people I know are ever pleased with injustice. If we even smell a hint of injustice our hackles are raised, especially if we think we are on the receiving end of the injustice. Look at the political scene in the U.S.A. Doesn’t it appear to be driven by our reactions to injustices or perceived injustices? Isn’t it driven widely by perceived injustices and our sense of entitlement (false or real)?
With that in mind, put yourself in the place of the older brother of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Isn’t this real injustice? Isn’t it true entitlement? His father was spending his inheritance on the disrespectful, disobedient, lazy, good for nothing brother who had already blown through his own inheritance. If anyone has “the right” to be angry, it’s him. If anyone should be allowed to vent his frustration and even riot over the injustice of it all, it’s this older brother.
Yet the father tries to help him see that, first of all, reclaiming someone or something thought lost is worthy of celebration, and second, because the father is still alive, none of the wealth that was spent, either by the prodigal or the father, is anyone’s business but the father’s. The older son/brother only gains access to his inheritance through his relationship with the father, dead or alive. After his brother left he may have thought, “From here on out, it’s all mine.” But the truth of the matter is this. The entire estate was the father’s until the father ceased to live.
Now, I ask you to consider your allegiance. Have you surrendered yourself to the Heavenly Father? Do you claim to be fully His? If so, what might Abba be saying to you through this story? Does He want you to vent and complain, rally and posture against any and all perceived or real injustices? Or does He want you to do what He does? Love? Forgive? Extend grace? Celebrate justice? Live justice in all you do? Instruct? Correct? Defend the helpless? Serve the fatherless and the widow/ers? Befriend the imprisoned?
I’m not claiming to have it all together, nor am I condemning anyone. These are thoughts prompted by my quiet time with Abba.
If they serve you, praise God.
If they anger you, pray to Him to help you discern why. Perhaps I need correction or instruction, or maybe you do.
If they push us apart, I’m sorry.
If they bring us closer, let’s celebrate.