Adam’s Devotional – June 25-July 2, 2020

From Adam…

If you’re looking for a place in the Bible that says peer pressure and gossip are bad, you may be surprised to find exactly what you’re looking for in the first 9 verses of Exodus 23. Read it and see for yourself. How familiar is this conversation: “But mom!  Everybody’s doing it!” To which the mom replies, “If everyone were jumping off a cliff, would you?”

If we’re honest we’d respond with resounding, “If it was trending, maybe!” Exodus 23 points to the type of people the Hebrews are called to be. God’s people are called to practice justice for all: not just when it’s convenient, not just when it’s advantageous, not just when it’s popular, not just for the people who look, act, and believe the way they do, but justice for all, always. Sounds simple enough, but justice for all, always can be pretty inconvenient. This impartial justice will set apart the people of God from the people of the world.  Think about where we are as a nation and world today. The governments and powers of the world have not been able to provide justice for all no matter how lofty their ideals and founding documents. Look no further than recent and current news cycles to see that justice for all and always has yet to take place. Better yet, flip back and forth between news outlets or social media to see opposing sides, stories, and accounts of who justice is for and what it is. Sometimes, the price of practicing God’s justice is inconvenient, unpopular, uncomfortable, lonely, and may even involve a cross.

The good news is that Christ has paid that price, has shown us the way, and has invited us to take up our cross follow as disciples, apostles, ambassadors of God’s just mercy and grace. In what ways have you preferred your own comfort instead of offering God’s justice? Who are people that you don’t like that you have intentionally allowed to fail when you could have helped them succeed?  Who are people who don’t like you that God could be calling you to pray for? What would it look like if you started to love others like Christ does?

God’s up to something . . . be a part of it. 

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