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.
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.