give thanks in injustice

from the give thanks in injustice reading plan


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

BY Hayley Morgan

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.

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  1. Morgan says:

    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.

  2. Gwen says:

    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.

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