When I was a small boy, there was a small temple near our home. Every week on Monday morning a middle-aged person would come there to shout, weep and lament, sometimes even hurling abuses. He would curse gods, friends and relatives whom he considered as reasons for his poverty. Most people around that area will run away unable to hear such words.
The Nation of Israel also did something like that. “You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” (Malachi 2:17) The word ‘wearied’ could be understood as frustrated or annoyed. They were baseless complaints. First complaint was that immoral or wicked people are blessed. Wicked people can benefit from favourable culture and context. God judges by His standards and not by our opinions. It is futile to compare one person with other instead of comparing with God’s standards. Second, God is not just. Yes, they forgot the Psalm of Asaph.
Asaph also wearied himself thinking about arrogant and prosperous wicked. They did not have pain, fat, sleek, no trouble, wear pride as necklace, violence covers their garments, scoff and speak with malice, threaten oppression, speak against God, always at ease, increase riches, (Psalms 73:3-12) Asaph goes into the sanctuary of God, then he discerns: They are in slippery places, will fall to ruin, destroyed in a moment, swept away and Lord despise them as phantoms. (Psalms 73:17-20)
To question the justice and righteousness of God hurts Lord. Job is a great model. He did not understand what was happening to him, yet refused to sin with his words – against God. (Job 2:10) “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.” (Psalms 89:14) God Himself is His reference point, his character is Holiness. The manifestation of holiness of God is righteousness.
Do I trust the righteousness and justice of Sovereign God?