The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land. In those days, Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is what he will be called: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.
The world is a place of injustice for many. People are abused, neglected, enslaved and persecuted because of the color of their skin, their gender and even their beliefs. We have seen injustice play out this year in many different ways. Injustice is, unfortunately, a part of the human experience. And yet, God calls us to something different. In Micah, God tells us that what he desires for us, what he expects of us, is to love justice. This is not justice that is born of human laws, but justice that seeks, in all circumstances, what is right in the eyes of God.
In contrast to the world’s injustice, God is righteous. God faithfully seeks to bring justice into the world because of his great love for us. Time and again Scripture tells us that God comes to break chains, that he defends the poor, loves the outcast, and fights for those who are oppressed by the powers of this world. We are called to pursue justice as a response to God’s love. What can you do, this day, to pursue justice? Not in a legal sense, but to bring God’s righteousness to someone who is marginalized, forgotten, or oppressed.
Give thanks today that God always keeps his promises. Pray for justice and righteousness in our world, our communities and our homes.
Blessings and Peace,