In part 1 of “Justice: The Expectations and the Joy,” you were thinking about a person at work you were struggling with, and wrote a prayer about the situation. Last week, specific things God says about justice were reviewed day by day. These included:
Last Friday’s “Put It Into Practice” step was to review your originally written prayer and, based on the above knowledge about 4 things God says about justice, consider if you might want to rewrite your prayer. Did you rewrite it? If so, post it somewhere you can see it.
If you have not had a chance to work through last week’s weekly memo, I would encourage you to do so. If you have, then please review the following things God says about justice listed above. Will any of these cause you to go deeper into the situation, and deepen your faith? Will it cause you to, once again, change anything about your prayer?
Taking This to God in Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love, knowledge and understanding. Thank You for Your direction on what I should consider as I am confronted with difficult situations and/or challenging people. Help me not to see things just from a surface level but from Your viewpoint. Help me to see what I can do that is right in Your eyes. Help me also to become wise when dealing with the disappointments and/or distress I may feel in any given situation. Please replace any anxiety with perfect confidence in You and the understanding You are leading me in Your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Putting This into Practice at Work
Monday: We are to know that the Lord sees everything: including when justice is not done. Are you reminded of this in the situation you are dealing with? Would your prayer change based on your meditation on Lamentations 3:36? If so, how would it change?
“…to deprive them of justice— would not the Lord see such things?” Lamentations 3:36
Tuesday: Justice brings joy to some, terror to others. We are to know there are 2 consequences to justice: joy or terror. Does this encourage you? Will your prayer change based on the knowledge that there is joy with justice? How so?
“When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers” Proverbs 21:15
“For the Lord is righteous, He loves justice; the upright will see His face.” Psalm 11:7
“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” Psalm 112:5
Wednesday: God is very specific regarding justice towards certain people and/or situations. As you review His 8 directives, do any of them apply to the situation you are dealing with? How does your understanding of justice change? Does your prayer change based on this new understanding?
Thursday: What is your response to God’s justice in the situation you are dealing with? Do you deal with it from an earthly perspective or do you praise the Lord for the situation and for His love and justice? Would your prayer change based on this verse:
“I will sing of Your love and justice; to You, Lord, I will sing praise.” Psalm 101:1
Friday: Considering, God sees everything, justice can bring joy or terror, God has specific instructions about justice and we are to praise Him for His justice and love, would you change the prayer you wrote last week? If so, rewrite it today in light of your deeper understanding of God’s love, faithfulness and justice.
May God richly bless you this week as you do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work