"But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" Amos 5:24
This powerful exhortation speaks volumes about our personal walk with God, underscoring the importance of justice and righteousness in our lives.
We are surrounded by injustice. It is not difficult to observe disparities and inequalities that seem to contradict the scriptural call for justice. I am often left grappling with questions about fairness and equity, and how as a follower of Jesus, I am to respond.
One helpful response for me has been to reread the Book of Amos for guidance. The prophet Amos was not a man of the temple but a shepherd and a cultivator of fig trees. He was a common man with an uncommon mission - to relay God’s profound message of justice and moral righteousness.
Amos's call for justice and righteousness to flow like a river serves as a timeless reminder that our relationship with God is deeply interwoven with how we interact with others.
Amos’s call to Israel was important as Israel was to be a blessing to all Nations, and with great calling/responsibility can come great consequences. “You are the only ones I have chosen among all the families of the earth. So I must punish you for all your sins.” (Amos 3:2).
Righteousness and justice are not lofty ideals; they are practical attributes that should permeate our daily actions and decisions.
Another helpful response for me has been to examine the essence of my personal walk with Jesus, a path marked by love, justice, and righteousness in our dealings with others.
Daily Battle Order:
Consider a daily act of justice or kindness. It could be standing up against an unfair practice at your workplace, lending a listening ear to a friend in need, or volunteering time or resources to a charity. These small acts of justice contribute to the river that Amos visualizes, and they make the path of righteousness a lived reality. They bring us closer not just to the ideals that Jesus embodied but also to a deeper, more intimate walk with Him. Through these actions, we begin to see the world through the lens of justice and love, experiencing a richer, fuller connection with God's heart for humanity.