Where is God’s Justice?

Where is God’s Justice?

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Do you ever wonder why God doesn’t just zap people when they are hurting others?  If someone is killing or robbing people, why doesn’t God just strike that person down, as with a bolt of lightning?  How can He let people get away with evil?

The problem is that our sense of justice is not the same as God’s.  We want God to zap the really bad sinners but definitely ignore our smaller, less serious sins.  Yet the Bible says that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23).  That could be one reason why God doesn’t zap people immediately when they do wrong, He would be zapping all of us every day!

It’s not God’s way to bless us when we’re good and zap us when we’re bad.  His way is so much bigger than that, just as evil is so much bigger than each person’s individual sin.  Evil has affected this entire world!  God will eventually judge evil people and those who reject Him will be condemned.  And God has a BIG plan to ultimately put an end to evil once and for all.  It’s all revealed in the book of Revelation … the end of the story of injustice.

In the meantime… we live in God’s grace

Actually, the crucifixion of Jesus is proof that God is a God of justice.  If we are all sinners, then God has to punish all of us.  He can’t just wipe away our sin and pretend it never happened.  Someone has to pay.

Romans 6:23 reveals the punishment that is due to all sinners.  “For the wages of sin is death….”

Yet if God demanded that each of us pay for our sin, we would all die.  What a dilemma for God – He loves us and wants to be reconciled to us but we are such sinners!  So God came up with the perfect answer – one that would satisfy the requirement for justice, yet provide a way for us to be reconciled to Him.

Jesus willingly accepted God’s wrath and took upon Himself the punishment for the sin of mankind.  God’s anger and wrath against your sin and mine was poured out on Jesus during the crucifixion.  Jesus’ sacrifice opened the way for God to forgive sinners without compromising his standard of justice.

The gift – relationship with God

The other half of Romans 6:23 states, “…. but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God’s justice sent Jesus to the cross as payment for our sins.  If we receive this gift offered by Jesus, we are reconciled to a just and Holy God.   No, zapping every sinner with a lightening bolt is not God’s plan.  Receiving the gift of salvation from Jesus, who bore God’s judgment for our sin, is a much more wonderful plan!


Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.


  1. When I look at all the evil in the world, my human sense of justice doesn’t want to admit that your solution is correct…but it is.

    • Laurie Driesen says:

      Thanks for your comment Linda. I agree — and thank goodness I’m not in charge! I might do things a little different….

  2. Thanks for this reminder that God’s plan and ways are bigger than our own. Right now everything is fuzzy in our eyes. I look forward to the day the Lord will make everything known to us, when we are in His presence.

    • Laurie Driesen says:

      I too look forward to that day – in the meantime, I know that He is in control. I like what you said about “fuzzy in our eyes”. That’s true, we just can’t comprehend everything that God is up to. Thanks for your comment Cynthia!

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