How should we respond to injustice and issues facing our world? Speaking and taking action hastily can be harmful. Instead we want to seek God first for His solutions which are better than ours. We want to take action and speak as He leads.
In our current world scenario of pandemic, pain and protest, in the midst of injustice and lack of love, we need God and His ways more than ever. We must learn how to respond to injustice, to respond as He leads. Temporary solutions and laws (which people often don’t follow though they should) are not enough. We need more than words in a social media post (even this one) and more than pointing fingers.
None of these things can change a person’s heart without the working of God’s Spirit. And if we do not find out His way of responding to injustice, we won’t make a lasting difference in the way we could otherwise.
Our Greatest Aim
We must seek God’s will before we respond to injustice or other world issues. Our aim is to become people whose love and honor of God supersedes all else. To honor Him by loving and honoring others who are made in His image regardless of our differences is key.
We must search our hearts for anything that hinders our love of others—whether racism, offense or any kind of prejudice—and put it aside because we are called to love all people as Jesus loves us.
Furthermore, we love others by being an listening ear even with the hard stuff they’ve been through. We love them by responding in the right way. We weep with them in the hurts and injustice they’ve experienced, seeking to comfort them as Christ would.
Will we pass this message along? Will we be the example, seeking God first and praying for others to also seek Him first, only then responding as He leads rather than as we see fit, forgetting that God knows best?
God’s Ways Are Best
Because we know that His ways are greater and higher than ours, we must seek to be a people who want to know His will before reacting or taking action.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
— Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB)
People are hurting, people have been mistreated for reasons they shouldn’t have—even murdered. It hurts to see these things happening around us. People need the love of God displayed to them and then through them and through those after like an unbroken chain.
Only God can mend every heart, only God’s way of doing things can produce a worthwhile result. We need God. We need to call out to Him to make every wrong thing right and to help us respond firstly in prayer and second in the way Jesus would respond, with His ways and truth. And it starts with wanting to pray as He leads rather than our own desires.
Every one of us is a sinner in need of the Savior, unable to do anything of good apart from Him. We need to get down on our knees and pray, seeking His ways and responding in a way that honors Him and all people because we are all made in His image.
Help me, O Lord, to get away with You to seek You and Your ways first, especially as I seek to respond rightly to the injustices and issues around me.
Give me grace to silence my heart so I can sense Your leadership and take in Your Word, even and especially in the midst of swirling thoughts within and information overload around.
Draw me after You, giving me a desire to be still and find out what is most pleasing to You. In this may I avoid reacting hastily, instead taking a breath to catch myself, then choosing to respond as You lead.
In my thoughts, words, attitudes and actions may I choose to honor and represent You and Your nature as revealed through Your Son Jesus. Amen.