Is God Unrighteous?

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. “There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘ Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ “For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” – [Luk 18:1-8 NASB]

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In this parable, Jesus compares God to an unrighteous judge. This parable  has troubled many saints, including myself, in the past. Why should God be compared to an unrighteous judge?

Surely, God is Righteousness and there is no righteousness apart from Him.

But, in this age, God appears unrighteous. Murderers, rapists, thieves, and multitudes of evil doers go unpunished. Many even claim that there is no God and continue to mock the Son of God, yet God gives no response. So many saints, fully justified and righteous in Christ, suffer and die at the hands of the evil one. We are even accused, day and night, by the evil one.

Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior! – [Isa 45:15 NASB]

God isn’t unrighteous, but He appears as if He is, because He is a God, who hides himself.

The point of Jesus’ parable is that we should always pray and not lose heart. So many saints have become disheartened and many more continue to do so. When someone we love dearly dies, we may blame God. When disaster falls upon us, we may blame God. We pray and we pray and we pray and He doesn’t answer. We have expectations of Him and He doesn’t meet those expectations.
God will eventually let your expectations of Him fail. He is always faithful, but not always in the way that we expect.

“The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. – [Luk 8:14 NASB]

The disheartened saints have fallen among thorns.

Dear saints, don’t give up! Don’t grow disheartened! Although, our enemy constantly attacks and tortures us in thousands of different ways, our hidden God is faithful!

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. – [Rev 6:9-11 NASB]

Pray without ceasing! Wake up loving our Lord and go to sleep loving our Lord. We don’t have to pray for so many things. Our prayer just needs to be enjoyment and rest in God, by the blood of Jesus Christ, through the Life-giving Spirit. If you do pray for things, pray for His Kingdom, His Ekklesia, His Body, His House, His Family, His Bride, His Righteousness… and He will provide what you need.

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – [Mat 6:31-33 NASB]

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Posted on November 25, 2012, in Exhortation and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi brother, thinking that Jesus gives the answer to the parable: “will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.” The unrighteous judge is in contrast to God who is righteous.

    I also see your point how some think of God as unrighteous based on what we see physically but this is thinking fleshly of God not in the Spirit.

    I am also thinking that it is also a parable of the bothersome widow. The bothersome widow had more faith that the unrighteous judge would give her justice in contrast to those without faith who give up on God who can give them justice quickly, If even an unrighteous judge will give justice to one who bothers him for justice will not God, who is righteous give justice to His own people?

    Thinking that in a moment with spiritual eyes we could see that in Christ we have been made right with God, no matter the circumstances that we find ourselves in, we can have peace in our inner man because He has given us peace in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    • I agree, brother, and I thank you for your comment. I think your comment adds a lot to my post. But, my purpose was really to reach out to those who have become disheartened because of God’s apparent unrighteousness. I have seen that this is somewhat a problem with many saints. The hurt that they feel because of their disappointment with God has caused their love to grow cold.

      If you think about the unrighteous judge and the widow, this parable is all about appearances. God appears to be an unrighteous judge and His Bride appears to be a widow, while He is gone. The parable doesn’t address the invisible Reality, but describes the outward appearance.

      There is much more that can be said concerning the parable, but I like writing short blog posts that aren’t exhaustive, but emphasize a particular aspect

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