Lesson 13: Things that are just.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
The people of the world are crying out. Having suffered under heavy-handed rule they are demanding justice in mass. What is the response of the global Christian community? How can we not only respond to the needs that are so urgent, but be so engaged that we stay positioned to move in advanced, proactive ways? While the news brings injustice around the world right to our living rooms and even puts it in the palms of our hands, how are we thinking, speaking and acting on behalf of injustice right in our own back yards?
As we fast and pray during this 40 days, let’s consider in a deeper way the question the Spirit posed through Isaiah so long ago… “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? …and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:6-7;10
Consider the example of Jesus that fills the Gospels. How many times did He consider meeting the daily needs of those right around Him a divine appointment? Is someone hurting and suffering right next door? What about a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend or even a stranger? How could your small group come together and make a difference in the life of a single parent or a lonely widow? Who can you come alongside and encourage today with the love and grace of Jesus? While praying for and perhaps even financially supporting causes around the world, don’t forget to act on behalf of those suffering injustice wherever you call home.