He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Part 3 of “Justice: The Expectations and the Joy” brings us to an even deeper understanding of “doing justice.” It involves a deeper focus on what God requires, which moves us from the negative emotions of the difficult situation to a closer walk with Him. It moves us from the irritation of the moment to the deep security of His presence, from the emotional anxiety we may feel to the deep assurance of His presence and from the unknowns of what to do to the deep reassurance of His love for us.
Based on Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, rewrite your revised prayer down today. Keep it where you can see it each day as you work through this week’s daily reflection.
Dear Heavenly Father, as I deal with this difficult situation, I recognize that doing justice is what is both required of me and what I desire to do. Please teach me to do the right things even though it may be difficult, for I want to do the right thing in Your eyes. If I get discouraged, please give me the strength to start every day with the focus of doing the right thing. Please bring people into my life who will give advice and/or encouragement. I want to honor You in all I do and say. You have said justice brings joy to the righteous and today, I claim that promise. Thank You for this situation. Although I cannot fully see Your hand in it at this time, I trust Your heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: Have you considered there are consequences of withholding Justice? Would your prayer change as you meditate on today’s verse? If so, how would it change?
“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow. Then all the people shall say, “Amen!.” Deuteronomy 27:19
Tuesday: We often want results or actions as soon as possible, especially in difficult situations. Consider the storm you are dealing with. As you meditate on Isaiah 30:18, would you say you are telling God what you want and when, or are you waiting on Him, knowing His timing is perfect?
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18
Wednesday: Have you considered asking God to search your heart and to intercede for the person you are concerned about? As you meditate on Romans 8:26-27, how does it impact how you will pray about your current situation?
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
“Ask God to give others life in place of the sin we see in them. Our responsibility is to rightly handle our insight about others. We do that by realizing it is not our insight but God’s, otherwise we will ridicule others for their sin which makes us hypocrites since we do the same things.”Quote from A Daily Companion to My Utmost for His Highest.
Have you carefully considered the responsibility you have to correctly handle the insight God has given you about others? What does it mean to ask God to “give others life in the place of the sin we see in them”? Add this aspect into your prayer.
Friday: Based on your reflection on justice, and the opportunity to intercede for the person you are praying about, does your initial prayer change? If so, write it down, and put it somewhere prominent to pray each day.
“Intercession means that we rouse ourselves us to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray.” My Utmost for His Highest
May God richly bless you as you lovingly and faithfully do what your loving Father asks of you.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work