March 5

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will help you. Proverbs 20:22

See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Interesting timing…………………………………..

What does injustice look like? Maybe it is the brutality and pain inflicted by people against other people. Pain that wounds the body, pain that wounds the spirit. Finally we can’t take it any longer, we throw up our hands in desperation, and let heaven know exactly how we are feeling. We vent our pain in ways that are not helpful or that maybe even cause us more pain. We are heart broken, and we look for an answer from God. We are crying from our hearts about the rampant injustice and brutally inflicted pain that characterizes so much of the world today.

What does justice look like? Maybe it means putting righteousness into practice – rolling out God’s design and intent for creation. God’s 3-D action to his plan. After all, it is what propelled the Son of God to become human and come to earth.

Picking up broken pieces, hope to harried lives, peace to ravaged hearts, new opportunity to disadvantaged people, a future to those trapped in dead-end living……………God will not remain silent forever.

Injustice and brutality will not be allowed to swallow up and destroy creation entirely. He plants a vision in the heart of humanity – a vision that speaks of the end, and does not lie. A vision that we are all called to wait for. A vision that will surely come.

It’s a vision that we are called to hang on to in faith. Hard as that is…………..

God is alive.

God is real.

God is in his holy temple.

Believe that.

Wait for that.

How hard is it, Lord, for me to turn the other cheek when I feel offended or victimized. Yet, your words remind me to be forgiving of my enemies and to seek what is good for them. Grant me the strength and courage to forgive those who do me wrong, and help me to be loving toward all my neighbors. Amen.

Peace,

Susan Hanson