Because the sentence against an evil deed is not promptly executed, the human heart is filled with the desire to commit evil. Ecclesiastes 8:11
The theme of impatience is continued in this chapter, but is more geared towards the hearts of the mistreated. Impatience due to lack of justice causes a different type of malice within the heart-evil.
“Charity must not remain shut up in the depths of the heart.”
St. Therese of Lisieux
The media has no problem reminding us just how toxic those feelings are as parents and politicians alike rage for justice after their loved ones are affected by an awful tragedy. The Teacher understands our frustration when he writes in verse 14 when he says that even he does not understand why, sometimes, the righteous get what the wicked deserve, and vice versa.
However, while God’s justice may appear slow, it is sure. Guard your heart against cynicism while you wait for the Lord’s justice. Although it is usually easier said than done, a habit my family has adopted is praying for our enemies during our devotional time Matthew 5:43-48
Reflect: Have you ever applied your own version of justice before, instead of prayerfully giving it to the Lord? How did that situation turn out?
Act: Memorize Matthew 5:44 and apply it to your prayer life