NEW Today’s AMI QT Devotional is provided by Pastor Joseph Chung who heads Remnant Church in Manhattan, New York. He is a graduate of Bethesda Christian University (BA) and Evangel Theological Seminary (M.Div.).
Devotional Thought for This Morning
“Let the Justice Roll”
Amos 5:23-24 (ESV)
“Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. 24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Oh no, not again!
After watching what can only be described as hateful and senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota, I spent the day praying and mourning. Like many I felt deeply troubled. As I prayed, having been reminded of Amos 5:24, I prayed that God’s justice will roll on like a river and his righteousness like a never-failing stream.
What a broken, injustice-filled world we live in. As I watched that horrible video—even with my heart pounding—I felt a piece of my soul dying. So much pain. So much anger. The issue isn’t what Mr. Floyd allegedly did or did not do that made the police involvement necessary at the outset; rather it has everything to do with the self-evident fact that NO ONE BEARING GOD’S IMAGE DESERVES TO BE TREATED LIKE THAT—NO ONE! As God’s handiwork, we all are, despite being marred by sin, precious in His sight. John 3:16 says so: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
When will this injustice and hatred end?
Amos 5:24 starts out with a “BUT” because of what is said in previous verses: God’s condemnation of the nation of Israel—His people—for oppression and injustice. “You trample on the poor,” said “the LORD to the house of Israel,” and “you exact taxes of grain from him . . .” (Amos 5:4, 11). It is after that the LORD declares, “But let justice roll on like a river.”
So, amid all the chaos and hate, let God’s justice flow. As His people, we must love His justice. And as we worship Him, the way we live must demonstrate His justice! Please note what verse 24 says: Worship without justice, to God, is a noise; He will not listen.
Let us, therefore, cry, cry out to God for His justice to reign. Let us stand and mourn with those who are oppressed and treated unjustly.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for “JUSTICE.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we come to You heart-broken, deeply grieving as we have witnessed the murder of George Floyd. We live in a deeply fragmented community where injustice and hatred run rampant. Lord, would You pour out Your mercy and compassion over us, that we may truly grieve and mourn with those who are hurting because of injustice. Open our hearts so that we have the courage to include and stand with those who are victimized and oppressed. May we find such joy in being vessels of Your justice. Help us to love as You have loved us. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 41
Lunch Break Study*
Read Colossians 1:11-14: May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Questions to Consider
- What does the apostle Paul pray that we may be strengthened for?
- What is the source of our joy?
- What is the inheritance of the saints?
- Endurance and patience with joy. The fact that Paul was in prison at the time underscores the importance of these spiritual virtues. How many people let go of their faith when difficult times come?
- The inheritance of the saints. This begs the question, “What is our inheritance?”
- The inheritance consists of two components:
- First, being redeemed and forgiven on account of the work of Christ, and as a result, freely receiving eternal life; second, rewards, which are based on what we did for the Lord while living on earth (2 Cor. 5:10).
What are the sins that seem to habitually entrap you? Considering what was addressed this morning, it behooves to ask, “How is your attitude towards people of other races?” Pray that God would supernaturally grant you freedom from all that plagues. Commit to confessing your sin to a close brother or sister who can pray for you and remind you of your inheritance in Christ.
*First posted on December 15, 2013, it was prepared by Pastor Jason Sato who now serves in Japan.