Justice for All
2 Samuel 8:15 (NIV)
David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.
When you go through the Bible and go through the entire list of Kings, we’re astonished that even though they may have prophets before them, they still did what was evil in God’s eyes. Time and time again, the Bible shows how the sinful nature can be prevalent and influence the entire nation. King David was a great example of a person who was after God’s own heart. Was he perfect? No, only Jesus is. Did he have his struggles with temptation and sin? Yes, he certainly did. Although David had his faults, he took his responsibility as a leader very seriously.
He was fair in interpreting the law, respecting the rights of the people, recognizing the need for the people to worship God, and showed mercy where it was needed. King David had a loyal following as they trusted David. We can learn how he related to people in a fair manner. Isaiah 56:1 says “Be just and fair to all, “says the Lord. Do what is right and good, for I am coming soon to rescue you.”
Unfortunately, in this world, not everything is fair. Those in authority can take advantage of those who are weak and don’t have a voice. In your dealings with other people, God wants justice and fairness to all people. This is how people will see that God is working within you as a person who is doing what is just and right for others.