4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Isaiah 57:15–59:21
Philippians 1:1-26
Psalm 71:1-24
Proverbs 24:9-10

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Isaiah 59:15–16 (CSB): “… The Lord saw that there was no justice, and he was offended. He saw that there was no man — he was amazed that there was no one interceding; so his own arm brought salvation, and his own righteousness supported him.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

We serve a big God. He does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3) and nothing can stop Him (Job 42:2). If God weren’t such a loving God (1 John 4:8,16), we would have legitimate reason to be terrified of Him. But, because He loves us so much, we have reason to “fear” (stand in awe) of Him. We can love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).

So, each morning is an invitation to wake up and enjoy another day with our God. Regardless of what the day brings, we can enjoy relationship with Him knowing that He’s fully in control of all things and loves us immensely.

But, if we aren’t careful, we will read through those previous paragraphs and think that our relationship with God is self-centered. It is ultimately for our therapy. It makes us feel good as an end in itself.

And that would be so far from the truth.

God is not ‘man-centered.’ God is ‘God-centered.’ Each day is an opportunity to discover what God is doing and join Him in that activity.

Well, what is God up to? As we enjoy Him today, what might He be doing around us?

In my Bible reading a few moments ago, I came across an answer to those questions.

Isaiah 59:15–16 (CSB): “… The Lord saw that there was no justice, and he was offended. He saw that there was no man — he was amazed that there was no one interceding; so his own arm brought salvation, and his own righteousness supported him.”

One of the things God might be doing around you today is seeking justice for those who are oppressed. Whether it is a fellow student who is being bullied, or an elderly parent who got scammed by a salesman, or someone who is mistreated because of the color of their skin.

Wherever injustice can be found, you can be sure that God is looking for someone to intercede.

Now, Christians typically shouldn’t be consumed with fighting for our own rights. We follow Jesus’ example (Philippians 2:3-8) and periodically give up our rights for the benefit of others.

But, when it comes to other people whose rights have been violated – well, that’s a different matter.

Friend, if you see injustice today, ask yourself what God might be doing in that situation. With your mind informed by regular intake of Scripture, ask what God might desire to happen in that situation. And then ask what He might desire to do through you to intercede (to pray and step in to help) on behalf of the oppressed.

If you do this, you will be moving away from a ‘me-centered’ theology to one that is ‘God-centered’ and ‘others-centered.’

And by the way, when we focus primarily on God and others, we are complying with what Jesus told us were the two greatest commandments – love God completely and love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40).

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