Revelation 17; Isaiah 1-2; Psalm 108
If we really want to know how to serve God, perhaps the best thing to do would be to ask Him what He would consider to be service that honors Him. Otherwise we could fall into the problem of creating an elaborate scheme to serve Him not realizing that we are only satisfying our own desires. God has numerous directives throughout Scripture that give us direct orders on how to carry out His will, and yet so often we don’t do what we know He wants while we are seeking His will on smaller things. Like the Priest and the Levite who are so intent on honoring God that they fail to do God’s will when they pass by the traveler lying on the roadside, we miss opportunities to do what God has already told us to do. “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17) How do we learn to do good? In our society, we should seek justice. When so often it seems that those who are wealthy or those who oppress others seem to get all the breaks while the fatherless, the widows, the street kids get the short end of the stick, we must seek justice. In America, “Justice” is portrayed as being blindfolded and weighing the evidence impartially, sometimes we can’t help but wonder if she’s sneaking a peek at those she deals with. We wonder how the rich are able to pay for justice, while the poor, the fatherless and the widow are oppressed by the system. If you want to do God’s will, when God makes a direct statement about what He wants: do it! Make today a day to seek justice. We must speak out when we see oppression. We must find ways to care for those who cannot care for themselves. In ancient biblical times, that included the orphans and the widows. While we have some societal protection in place now, it’s not nearly enough. God calls us to minister as His people and not depend on society to deal with the issue. Make today a day to care for the poor, the oppressed, the orphans and the widows. When we get those things right, we will find that God’s will in other areas of our lives becomes easier to understand.
Lord, remind me that the search for justice is something that I must do each and every day. I cannot leave that responsibility for others. I am called by You to seek justice. Help me to care for and lift up the oppressed, the orphans and the widows. Give me Your heart to meet needs.