Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. You don’t have to wait five minutes in traffic to figure that out. We’ve all seen these things happen before: A speeder is busy weaving in and out of traffic, almost causing an accident. Another driver runs a red light. Someone else makes an illegal U-turn in an intersection — and the police are . . . well, nowhere to be found. But the first time you speed because you’re running late, you get caught.

A family member of mine knew another person had done something clearly wrong, but it seemed like the man hadn’t been punished for his sin. She asked me why God wasn’t chastening him. I tried to explain to her that we can’t always see if a person is being punished because we don’t know from the surface what they are going through. We can’t see inside their mind or see what God is doing in their life. We may never know whether someone has received God’s judgment, but one thing we can be sure about is the fact God will always judge sin.

God has not given you or me the responsibility of making sure sinners receive justice. That’s His job, and we are wise to let Him do it. Think about it this way: God knows everything — He knows what will happen if a person chooses to do right or if he chooses to do wrong. He knows when the time is right to warn a person about his sin and when and how to judge him, and He makes no mistakes in the way He carries out His judgment. If we had this knowledge, wisdom, and power, then we would be God. Since we are not God, we shouldn’t worry about righting all the wrongs in the world. Let’s concern ourselves with the things we can control, and leave the rest up to Him.

Everyone wants to see wrong made right, whether it’s the conviction of a criminal, the judgment of our enemies, or simply the changing of a person’s attitude towards sin. Unless we are able to handle the situation, we had best leave this in God’s hands. Trust me, the perfect Judge always gives perfect justice in His perfect time.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder