At all times you ought to pray and not lose heart. … Shall not God bring about justice for his elect, who cry to him day and night, and will he delay long over them? He will bring about justice for them speedily. Luke 18:1 & 7-8
Few things are more irritating than delayed justice. When we are wronged, we want immediate action on our behalf. Sometimes we achieve this through the systems God has put in place. Sometimes the systems don’t work; so we are tempted to accomplish this ourselves, with a vengeance. But in a fallen and sinful world, we must realize that justice will often be perverted: “Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men? No, you work unrighteousness in your heart; on earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.” Therefore, according to the Gospel, God has fixed a day to judge the world through Jesus, having proved the justness of this plan by raising him from the dead. So when our just cause is thwarted, we must pray that the Lord will take up our cause. He will see it through. When Jesus returns to set up his kingdom, he will right all wrongs, and cause justice to roll down like waters. And we will cry “Surely there is a reward for the righteous. There is a God who judges on earth!”
Gracious Judge, as ready as you are to right all the wrongs in your world, I still have trouble being patient. Strengthen my faith as I keep looking at your promises and the empty tomb.