Today’s WORD (Text)
Isaiah 42:1/ Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2/ He will not cry or lift up his voice or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4/ He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
God chooses not simply to protect and preserve God’s people in a rhetorical and ethereal sense, but God also sent God’s beloved servant, empowered, emboldened, and commissioned for the work of justice. So long as acts of inhumanity and oppression continue, we can trust that God will provide for the defense of God’s faith-filled children.
With escalating acts of injustice toward people across our nation—social injustice, racism, police brutality, discrimination against people of color and socially marginalized groups, what act(s) of compassion might you participate in to show solidarity and support to persons who are alienated or mistreated in your community?
O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart! Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away. (Psalm 36:10-11)
The Passionary Intention
Today, I choose to live my life with passion. Today, I intend to follow Christ more nearly, love more dearly and incarnate God’s grace more clearly by asking myself three questions:
- Where will I follow Christ today?
- To whom shall I demonstrate Jesus’ love and justice today?
- How can I play my part in practicing the presence of Christ, right here, right now?
The Passionary Movement Word and Witness devotion is published weekdays (Monday – Friday). Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies is the author of today’s devotion.
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