Justice is Sure

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 4:17-24
Judges 5:24-31

What a tragic picture we have here: Sisera’s mother waits anxiously for her dear son to come home, not knowing that he has a tent peg through his skull. How can they call Jael a hero? (Remember, not all Old Testament people are examples for us to follow!)

But should we feel sorry about this? Sisera is a vicious, evil man, who kills the men of Israel, steals their clothing, and takes their women by force. His dear mother is just as evil, as she winks at his cruelty, and even waits for the beautiful clothes he will bring back for her.

Read verse 31 again. Maybe we shouldn’t wish for the death of God’s enemies, since we believe God can change them into friends. But let’s not forget that there will be a final judgment. God’s enemies will perish, and his friends will shine like the sun.

In the meantime, support and pray for those who take stands on moral issues, who love God more than popularity, and who resist cruelty. Resist evil if you can, and warn those who are living evil lives. And if you get discouraged, remember that God’s justice will finally come, even if it is delayed. In the end He will be completely victorious.

PRAYER

“So may all your enemies perish, O Lord! But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength” (Judges 5:31). Amen.