Justice and the Holocaust

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A Messianic Daily Devotional

“All his ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winning author, the late Elie Wiesel wrestled with questions of God’s justice in his book, Night:

Some talked of God, of his mysterious ways, of the sins of the Jewish people, and of their future deliverance. But I had ceased to pray. How I sympathized with Job. I did not deny God’s existence, but I doubted His absolute justice.

The scripture above declares that all of God’s ways are just. But during times of grave injustices, it is hard to reconcile the promises of the Bible and waiting for justice.

A French hero of World War II, Andre Trocmé wrote this inscription in his Bible:

Happy are those hungry and thirsty of justice; for they will be satisfied

Andre Trocmé earned the right to speak of justice, especially for European Jews. As a French Protestant pastor in Le Chambon, Trocmé became an agent of God’s love. In the winter of 1941, Trocmé opened his home to a cold and hungry Jewish woman who was fleeing the Nazis. His act of kindness multiplied and became a strong shelter. The entire town followed his example; and for the next four years, they collectively rescued and sheltered 5,000 Jewish refugees.

Faith and justice must exist side by side. There will not be justice if faith dies;  conversely, there will not be faith if injustice goes unpunished. These two are so intertwined that Yeshua used them in a parable in Luke 18 about the woman who persuaded the judge by pleading for justice. Because she did not let up, he granted her request. Yeshua explained that God will execute justice on the earth if His people plead day and night for it.

For more study…

Ecclesiastes 3:17, Proverbs 21:15, Romans 12:19, Isaiah 30:18-19

Work it out in daily life…

Let faith wash over and heal the injustices of your personal life. Surrender them to a good God. During times of dark injustice, those with faith will weather the storm still believing a just God will even the score. Like Pastor Trocmé, God may use you to right the wrongs of a world overcome by evil. There will not be justice without strong faith that is willing to die for conviction.

©Bonnie Saul Wilks

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