August 13, 2018 Our Daily Journey Devotional : Topic - Our Role in Justice

August 13, 2018 Our Daily Journey Devotional : Topic - Our Role in Justice


Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-20

Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land (Ecclesiastes 5:8).


Maybe it’s just me. But it seems like the world is hurtling out of control, and that all sorts of things are coming undone—institutions, lives, families. I wonder, Has it always been this way?

Perhaps every generation has felt as if things were falling apart. I have to think that those in the midst of World War I and World War II imagined that the global conflicts they faced signaled the end of all things.
It’s not just large-scale conflicts that trouble me, however. It’s also the everyday injustices that most harshly affect the poorest among us, those on society’s margins.
“Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land,” King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 5:8. He goes further, telling us, “Matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy” while rulers milk the land for profit (Ecclesiastes 5:8-9).
It’s easy enough to recognize the bureaucracy and red tape, but sometimes it’s harder to see that some political leaders are in it for only themselves. What are we to do when we discover that the poor and marginalized are being oppressed by our leaders and our laws? We could easily become paralyzed in our thinking: What can I even do about it? I have no money and I have no power. Or we could deceive ourselves into thinking that “liking” a cause on Facebook is justice in action.
But that’s not enough. Acting humbly, justly, and walking with our God (see Micah 6:8) means we’ll engage in prayer, sacrificial giving, raising public awareness, and perhaps even contacting our lawmakers. Through the Holy Spirit’s guidance and power, may we choose to join God’s work of bringing justice.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Luke 14:15-35
August 13, 2018 Our Daily Journey Devotional : Topic - Our Role in Justice August 13, 2018 Our Daily Journey Devotional : Topic - Our Role in Justice Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on August 13, 2018 Rating: 5

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