Written By: Christy Britton
Seek justice for any amount of time and you are bound to have that moment. That moment you realize you can’t fix it. That moment when you think you know best. That moment when you try to play God. That moment when you’re convinced you’re the answer. That moment when you desire something good, but even in the goodness, your motives are self-seeking just a little bit. Sin taints everything. Everything. Even our justice seeking. My 8-year-old says, “sin is a butt!” I’m inclined to agree. What if what we want is good, no matter how you look at it? What if what you want is justice? How are we to be justice seekers when we live in a sinful world where injustice reigns? What do we do when we can’t help, when we can’t provide justice, when we can’t fix it? What do we do when we’re helpless?
Helpless. I have a love/hate relationship with that word. Who wants to be helpless? What advantage is there in not being capable of helping? Sounds like being useless to me. But helpless and useless are NOT the same thing. Useless means you’re not expected to achieve the desired outcome. Useless means you’re hopeless, fruitless, and ineffective. These words do not describe the life of the Christian. The Bible says we have hope and our hope is in the Lord (Ps 39:7). The Bible says that we bear abiding fruit (John 15:16). The Bible says that we work effectively (1 Corinthians 16:9, Philemon 1:6). Helpless means being unable to act WITHOUT HELP. And there it is. The Help. Helpless would be the same as useless if it weren’t for the Help. And the Help is a game changer. The Help is everything!
God is our Help. He changes everything. We are helpless, which means we are weak and dependent. But let’s look at this the way God does, and not the way man does. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “His power is made perfect in weakness.” Verse 10 says, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” As dependent creatures, we are humbled before Him, and James 4:6 says, “God gives grace to the humble.” We are helpless, but we are not without help! Ps 40:17 says, “The Lord is our help.” Isaiah 41:10 says, “God will strengthen us and help us.” In John 14:16, God says that He has given us, “the Helper, to be with us forever.” Helpless WOULD BE useless if it weren’t for God. But God. All over Scripture we see those 2 little words that change everything. But God. Our God is a justice lover (Ps 33:5, 37:28). Our God executes justice for the orphan and the widow (Deuteronomy 10:18). As we seek justice, we are really seeking Him, the God of justice (Isa 30:18). Our God commands us to seek justice (Micah 6:8), and we can because He helps us accomplish it. Fellow justice seekers, when you have that moment, that moment when your own helplessness bumps up against injustice, humble yourselves before the God of justice and receive His grace. Acknowledge your helpless state and your Helper like David did in Ps 40:17, “As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!