And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. Ecclesiastes 3:16-17
There are many doomsdayers in the world today who have given up hope on the future, this nation, and upon God Himself. They have lost their perspective of reality, and they need to read Ecclesiastes 3 every day for a month so they can get some wisdom about Who is in charge. Everything will be that has already been, Solomon declares. There is a time for everything. God has rightly handled our personal and national issues before.
If I would despair for America, verse 16 identifies my reasons. Solomon looked at the world, which he ruled, and he saw wickedness in the place of judgment. The law had become dishonorable. Judges were unjust. People and institutions of power were oppressing the poor and weak, and there was no justice.
Then Solomon looked at the place of righteousness and it was full of iniquity. A nation falls because God’s people fall into neglect, complacency, and confusion; the church begins to serve mammon—its own resources for the sake of its own people—rather than advancing the Kingdom at whatever cost.
I look at the seat of judgment, and the place of righteousness, and I need courage to stay in the fight. Solomon speaks to me in this chapter. What’s your problem? There is a time for everything. God makes all things beautiful in His time. When God does something, it’s forever—no wickedness can add to or take away from God. Whatever has been is now, and whatever the future is has already been.
Solomon believed God. It was enough for him. So what is my part? I am the widow of Luke 18. I live in a world of unjust judges who do not fear God or men. I am tempted to despise them and their injustice. I feel oppressed. Shake it off—this is not productive. I will see the wickedness in the place of justice and take joy in the fact that I know what they do not know. God has already been there, and what has been—great injustice—will be avenged. So I will do life as a stranger in this land. I will rejoice and do good, and enjoy the fruit of my labor. It is the gift of God (vv. 12-13). And I will also step into the shoes of the widow of Luke 18, and daily, though I have no power to do so, I will demand justice from the unjust judge who has no fear of God. God has the heart of kings in his hands. His sovereign justice reigns in the midst of great chaos, corruption, oppression, and darkness. I will pray today, knowing that every injustice in my world is turning its ear to the whisper of the Almighty who says, listen to the widow who entreats you and Me. Avenge her cause. Relieve your concerns by simply doing what is right. And the judge will plead my cause. I will shake my head. How could it be that justice can still be done in a world so out of control? Because God will avenge those who cry out to Him day and night. He will act speedily! I am leaving the sanctuary of my prayer closet, and headed to the seat of justice to see the acts of God among those who fear neither God nor man. What an exciting time to be a child of God!
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. Ecclesiastes 3:14