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Give Thanks 2013: Day

Give thanks in injustice

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Today's Text: 1 Kings 3:5-28, Micah 6:8

Text: 1 Kings 3:5-28, Micah 6:8

There is something in us that cannot tolerate injustice for long. If we know God, we know there is a right and there is a wrong. The Holy Spirit illuminates that which is contrary to God’s word, and the reaction in us can even be a visceral one. Ears burning, heart racing, chest pounding – the message is difficult to ignore.

When we sense this injustice, let us give thanks. Let us be thankful that the Holy Spirit is alive in us and that He is showing us what is awry. We may not know what to do to right the wrong, but the great news is that God is just!

God is just. It is the full, through-and-through character of God to be just. God doesn’t just act justly, He is just.

We cannot stop at simply knowing right from wrong. We have a duty to use discernment and defend justice to the extent that it is within our power to do so. In fact, Micah 6:8 says as much, stating that the Lord requires us to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [our] God.”

One of the greatest kings in history, King Solomon, was an earthly example of God’s wisdom. Solomon asked for wisdom and discernment between right and wrong, and God granted him his request. In 1 Kings 3, we peek into a situation where Solomon is presiding over two women who had just given birth in the same house. One woman’s baby has passed away and the two women are now trying to claim the single living baby. Can you even imagine?

First, can you imagine how unjust the whole situation must feel to the woman whose baby passed away? And now, put yourself in the position of the woman who is now fighting for the precious newborn who is rightfully hers.

Solomon is dealing with an unjust situation all around, and it is his role to bring justice. This would be impossible without God’s help, and 1 Kings 3 states that people were in awe and perceived that it was God’s wisdom in Solomon that allows him to act with such justice.

Solomon had the wisdom of God in him and we can be thankful for the same Holy Spirit in us if we know Jesus. Even when we encounter injustice, and we will, we can be thankful that the Holy Spirit will awaken us to it and point us to the One who is ultimately just.

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For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved hymn for each day of our Give Thanks plan. Today, we invite you to listen to “Thy Mercy, My God” as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

  • Thanks, Amanda! I always read the passage first and do a little inductive study of my own before reading the post, and my take away today was spot on with yours. I noted how repentance led to renewed obedience, but unfortunately, the Israelites still lived in that futile time of works/self-righteousness, and it just makes me sad for them to know that no matter how determined the will to obey, they will fail. But then I look in the mirror and ask, "How often have I said, 'never again' to an attitude, sin, behavior and find myself broken and repentant over that same sin a few days or weeks later? How often have I not relied on grace and striven to be 'good enough' and follow my own document or checklist of obedience and behavior?" My application question for myself was, "Where am I striving to obey in my own efforts? Am I fueled by my love for God or a sense of goodness and self-righteousness? Asking for grace today to cover the incompleteness of my own efforts and to fill me where in my own brokenness I fall short.

  • This had been such a struggle in my life. There has been so much injustice in my life. My biggest one is my rape that lasted 4 years when I was little. I’m 16 now and have recieved healing, but the injust still gets me.

  • every time I walk away from God, I find myself praying Jesus Jesus, this lesson was so inline with what I dreamt, I was given a house to stay with my kids, I have been praying for a place to stay a saw it in a dream. I can't explain this but thankful

  • 1busimom

    I think the most difficult people/persons to accept being unjust is the church body itself. I have been a Christian all my life and love God. However, I have been dealing with abandonment and neglect from my church for almost a year now since my mom passed away. She died on December 21, but the church was too busy getting ready for Christmas in a new building an didn’t have time for me. This included a best friend that joined the ministry staff and decided that she would rather be my pastor than a best friend. That still
    Hurts to this day. But I wonder how many non believers or baby Christians were
    Overlooked at the same time and may not be walking with God now because of it.

    I pray daily for God to help me lay this down and move on but it has been a long hard struggle.

  • God is so good! Despite the fact that He knew Soloman would go off the rails, he still blessed him with wisdom etc. Soloman, sadly did some very unjust things to his own family/children, but eventually he was reconverted in his old age…and God saw that would happen, hence he allowed him to live. God is indeed merciful!

  • T Thomas

    Injustices happening daily all around us. I once asked myself why do bad things happen to good people and why do good people do bad things? I also struggle once I have been wronged. I grew up being told that 2 wrongs don’t make a right. Being the bigger person, being just, knowing right from wrong, not following the crowd, speaking up instead of remaining silent, turning the other cheek. Whether I get an apology or not, whether they confess to their wrongs or not, I’m called to forgive, show mercy, and love my neighbor. I need help in this area. I judge, complain, harbor unhealthy and ungodly feelings. I want them to know how much they hurt me. I want justice right then and there. How unfair it is. How we take matters into our own hands which normally doesn’t end well. He is the one and only true Judge. He showed us love, grace, and mercy undeserved. We were pardoned of our sins, slate now blameless. I in turn must forgive.

  • Melissa B

    I have been participating in SRT studies for about six months but rarely comment. SRT has been so important to me as I have been emerging from a season of drought and doubt. Thank you, SRT, for your ministry! Thank you also to those of you who almost daily poor out your heart as you reflect upon what you have read and what God is teaching you. Candacejo, Amy Kelly, Valanne, Misce, Ibukun, Janee, etc…your comments mean just as much as the writers of SRT themselves. Thanks to all for your transparency!

  • LaurenC_

    These hymns that are posted at the end of each day's reading have been such a blessing to me. They are soothing my aching heart and worried soul. Thank you, SRT ladies, for adding this extra blessing to this plan.

  • This is yet another reminder that God is so holy and just that we can't begin to comprehend. We may be in a very difficult circumstance, but God says "trust me " because God WILL provide for and protect those He loves. Where I sometimes find myself in trouble is when I allow a judgmental spirit to sneak in, especially when someone wounds me. This is how Satan works. How quickly we forget the "planks" in our own eyes when someone else's sin is glaringly obvious! God, forgive me for not forgiving and refusing to show mercy as you commanded.

  • megkwhit

    I have never read anything in Micah, but the verse from today touched my heart. And when I say touched, I feel as though my heart and eyes were opened and every part of me was singing!! God is so wonderfully amazing!!! He cares for us and shows us things that sometimes we either cannot or refuse to see. And yet, He is always there for us. ALWAYS.

  • Right from wrong.
    I may not have grown up in the church, but my Dad was BIG on this- reiterating right from wrong-
    over and over again in any given situation. Now I’m thankful for my heavenly Father’s wisdom and sense of justice, given to we who believe in His Son, by the Holy Spirit. We need to speak up when we see or sense any injustices around us! As the body of Christ we are to love one another and all people. What better way than to take a stand for someone who may be unfairly accused or treated?
    This isn’t just the right thing to do, but shows compassion to our fellow man. We must not turn away from that sense or call from the Holy Spirit to do what is right…because “I don’t have time, I’m late” or “everyone in the office will be mad I stood up for So and So”, or “I’m afraid they will retaliate against me”…We must stand for justice, pray for wisdom and thank God for His never-ending mercy!
    I’m especially thankful for His mercy each morning. Only a God who is just could set aside our sins and grant us His gift of redemption- day after day! Thank you Jesus for your compassion and mercy, to pay the ultimate price for a guilty people!

  • Father, help me to focus on you. Help me to love mercy, act justly, and walk with you closer today. You are HERE. I don't want to ignore your presence.

  • Oh thank You God for being just! For the restoration of my family and my faith. For never giving up on when I gave up on myself. I have always been there for my children (they are grown adults now) and always will, they are my babies. That's how God sees us, His babies. Give us knowledge and wisdom dear God, and discernment to fall on our children too.

  • Today’s devotional was a hard pill to swallow, but I thank The Lord for opening my eyes to this. This is something I struggle with. You can read more about my response to this at sequinsandcoffee.tumblr.com

  • I pray for the students in my classroom. One can only imagine the things they go through when they leave school. Whatever it may be, I know and fully believe that God who is mighty to save will be there to protect them.

  • Leenda324

    There is so much injustice in the world. I just saw a picture on the landing page of the New York Times of a woman in a very poor area of St. Louis who had the aluminum siding stolen from her house. Incredible. I think of genocide all over the world, children starving, innocent people suffering in jail (many in our own country) and more. I think of racial prejudice. You name it, this world is full of injustice. And doesn't it all stem from sin? I pray that we — as the people of God — will be mindful of the injustice all around us and truly consider Micah's wise prophetic words and be the hands and feet of Christ in our world.

  • Janee White

    When I think about our God being just, I tend to want justice now. I know full well the enemy will pay for all he has caused, but sometimes I want that justice carried out in the 'here and now'.

    I love that Solomon asked for 1 thing – a discerning heart – to be used for 2 purposes – to govern Gods people and to distinguish right from wrong. I often wonder what I would tell God I want if He stood before me and said "Ask for WHATEVER you want me to give you." Would I ask for a discerning heart or for something more self-serving. That is something I will have to ponder today.

  • Thank you Father God for being just. So many times I have unjustly walked away- further and further each day from our Lord and yet in his mercy He allows me to return. Thank you for your love Father!

  • God is building me up so much with the repeated theme of "and if not" from our Daniel study, and "Rejoice IN him" through our trials in the James study. And now give THANKS to him when injustice occurs. Everything is made right when I give him all the praise and glory no matter the circumstance for he is a just and holy God and I can trust him with the events of injustice in my life, as hard as some of them are — I can cling to him for he is good.

    • Janee White

      'and if not', 'rejoice IN Him', 'give thanks' ….. we seem to think a lot alike. One of my favorite sayings is 'even though' and it comes from Habakkuk. I hope it speaks to you…..

      Hab 3:17,18
      Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines,though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

      • Valanne

        Thanks Janee, this is not one that I had on my radar, but I can see it becoming a go to! Even though our vehicle died two weeks ago, two years before our planned replacement, and I need to go back to work sooner than planned because of it . . . I will be joyful in God my Savior! Amen. This is such a helpful verse to help me align my attitude with a Christ-like way of thinking.

    • LaurenC_

      Thank you, Valanne, for posting this. It is just what I needed to read tonight.

  • Carolynmimi

    On this day in 1997, our granddaughter Lydia Elizabeth was stillborn. Days before she had a heartbeat, she kicked, and she tumbled in our daughter's womb. She never drew a breath. How unjust that seemed to me! And yet, it developed in my husband and me a deeper prayer ministry for the unborn, the most fragile of all human beings. I know one day I will hold Lydia in my arms, but her life in the womb impacted my life and I will tell her that. Until then I am convinced that the world is full of injustice, but God's wisdom and ways are just as He is just.

    • Terri

      Carolynmimi,

      I hope the Lord has healed your daughter, you and your family & that you are able to pray and work in a ministry that will fight and pray for the unborn.

      God's peace be upon you.

  • Joanne Sher

    So wonderful to know – to be reminded – that, with all the injustice in the world, God is just.

  • Startingover

    I have walked away from The Lord many times wanting to believe he was unjust. That his ways were not right because they were not aligned with what I wanted. But deep in my heart I knew just the opposite. And now I am learning that was the Holy Spirit in me telling me MY ways were unjust. I am so thankful for a God who rights my wrongs. Who loves me unconditionally and NEVER turns His back on me, no matter how many times I've turned my back on him. Although I struggle with feeling I don't deserve His love, He doesn't struggle to love me. I pray that I can begin to understand that I don't have to be perfect in His eyes. I pray that I can understand that I will make mistakes but God will always be there. I came across this site by doing my favorite activity: pinning on Pinterest. I am so glad I found such a wonderful group of women. I am so grateful for the women of God. It is all of you who are helping me walk back to Christ! Have a day filled with love and thankfulness!

  • refreshedwoman

    I am so grateful that God is just, especially since we live in an unjust world. I am thankful for a God that rights wrongs. My prayer is today that I can walk in the wisdom of Solomon. That I may pray against injustice and not ignore it. Be blessed ladies and have a God-filled day!

  • Candacejo

    It is said that King Solomon was only twelve years old when he asked the Lord for wisdom instead of riches, fame or long life. Twelve years old and he was making decisions such as the infamous one we just read about the baby! I don't know how old he was when this took place, but regardless, he knew at that time in his life anyway, where his wisdom came from and gave God the glory.

    As long as he held on to the Source, he could continue to make difficult decisions like this seem elementary! Only when he began to elevate himself did his troubles begin.

    Can we begin to imagine the wisdom afforded unto Solomon?!!! Yes we can with the infilling of the Spirit!! Jesus Christ, alive and living inside of each of us giving us wisdom when and where we need it as long as we keep our relationship alive.

    Makes me think of the song, "My God's not dead, He's surely alive, He's living on the inside, roaring like a lion!"

    I'm honoring one of our favorite sisters, Amy Kelly, on the blog today!! She has a unique ministry some of you might not be aware of. It's called Laundry Love. Here's the link if you want to check it out.
    http://www.hopeinthehealing.com/2013/11/20/called

    • Valanne

      Thanks for sharing Amy's blot post. Inspiring.

    • Jallon

      Thst story about the laundry love has truly blessed my soul, I want to be apart of this ministry. I want to start this with my church. I am so inspired, it's different and its a blessing to others without coming off as so churchy.

  • Janice / GatheringGraces

    As a mother, sometimes I do an inner scream that there's been an injustice done to me somehow – that made me have a bad day, etc. But yes, it's at these times I should just quiet myself down and listen to the Holy Spirit and find something grateful – like being thankful for having my kids!

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