Sometimes in today’s me-centered society, finding justice, equality and fairness can be difficult to do. It’s one thing to talk about social justice – it’s another thing to put it into practice. Politicians debate it and want to claim the idea as their own. But long ago, even from Israel’s days of wandering in the desert, God spoke about the importance of social justice. Here again in the book of Micah, it is clearly directed.
Micah, a prophet from southern Judah, prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. He predicted the fall of Samaria (the Capitol of the Northern Kingdom of Israel) and preached the need for social justice in Israel and Judah. He gave clear instructions about how Gods people should live. While people often use pray to ask God for what they want, Micah turned it around and asked “What does God want from me?” the answer is simple: act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
Thought social justice may be difficult to achieve, we must continue to work toward it. This lesson from Micah 6:8 is a gem that we all must emulate and teach to our children, our grandchildren and generations to follow.
Until next time – be encouraged
Tomorrows reading will be found in 2 chronicles 28 and 2 kings 16-17
The above summary was adapted from The Grandmothers Bible