Finding justice in employment
''Is there justice, or isn't there?'' We might very well ask that question if we were fired after years of good work because of a change in management or because a younger person could be hired for less money.
Well, thank goodness, there is justice, because there's really only one God, who is infinitely wise and just. There is something we can do, then, if we're faced with injustice. We can turn to our creator.
When we begin to understand and wholeheartedly accept even the simple spiritual truth that God governs and that He governs justly, injustice must fade and justice appear in a way we can understand, in a practical way that cares for our current need. We can prove that God does govern and that He governs justly.
If we face the prospect that unwanted ''early retirement'' will be forced on us, we can know with conviction that there is justice. Does that mean it's right that we be let go? Or that it would be right for us to keep our present job? If we drop such questions and gladly accept the fact that God governs and He governs justly, we will have the answers we need.
The Bible tells us, ''Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.'' n 1 This is what God has formed man to be -- the witness to His nature, His goodness, His all-presence and all-power.
n1 Isaiah 43:12.
To the degree, then, that we are conscious that we're actually employed by God to express His nature, we'll experience good and useful activity without interruption. As we bear witness to His nature by expressing purity, love, joy, intelligence, wisdom - qualities that are inherent in man as God's spiritual offspring - we are fulfilling the terms of our real employment. And in accord with the law of God, we will enjoy rewarding, God-supported work.
If, on the other hand, we find ourselves bearing witness to, or filling our consciousness with, resentment, injustice, conflict of interest, defeat, we may experience the false, limited view that portrays man as a mortal struggling in a material universe, subject to decline, prejudice, economic cycles, and so forth. But this false view and its apparent manifestation in our lives will yield as we entertain the true view of God and man, following the example of Christ Jesus. Jesus showed us, without a doubt, that living as a witness to the perfect nature of God and man does transform one's experience. It heals whatever needs healing.
To find justice in our employment we don't need to straighten out the new people at the top or the personnel manager. We may need to straighten out our concept of them and of ourselves. We may need to do a better job of discerning their true nature as God made them, and of demonstrating more of who we really are - God's witnesses. That is our full-time job. God governs, and He governs justly; so when we are working for Him, we have His help.
From her own experience, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, could say, ''Be of good cheer; the warfare with one's self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with you, - and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory.'' n2 There is justice, and we can find it on the job.
n2 Miscellaneous Writings, p. 118.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful . . .My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. Psalms 119:137, 138, 167