“Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.” vs. 1
Against all the odds, the nation of Judah had gotten a reboot; it was the biggest mulligan in history, and a chance to start again. Admittedly all power and influence was gone. The royal family had disappeared and folks were struggling to get temple worship going again…but it was a new beginning and this time there was hope that maybe they could get things right. They were going to start with the basics and the prophet’s instruction could not be plainer. “Maintain justice, and do what is right.” Obviously that’s easier said than done, and greater nations than Israel have struggled with exactly those issues. Even in our time, we have massive debates in our congresses and legislative bodies about justice and what is right. Of course that’s a good thing! These are the issues that we should be concerned about and even when we have contrary opinions about what is just in different circumstances, at least we’re having the conversation. Somehow in that process, in the give and in the take, the right thing eventually gets done and our thirst for justice is satisfied. It’s the kind of issue that never goes away and that will always be central in human interactions. We can be confident that when we are working for justice God will smile on us…particularly when we’re standing up for the weak and the needy.
Thought for the Day: Where do I see the most injustice?