A Different Vision
Written by: Amanda Biro
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“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.”
- Isaiah 1:17
Recently, I’ve been asking God a lot of “why?” questions. Why is there so much evil? Why is there so much pain? But the most pressing question I’ve been asking lately is “Why is there so much injustice in the world?”.
I have found myself feeling pretty angry as I watch and listen to stories of injustice. Angry that people all over the world have to face racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression every day. But I have also felt misguided anger towards God. I have questioned why He would let all of this happen, and I have questioned His presence in the darkness and pain.
But God does not rejoice in the pain of the world; He longs for justice. A verse that reminds me of this truth is Isaiah 61:8, which says, “For I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.”
When we are feeling hopeless about everything going on we can take heart that God has a different vision for the world. Even though there will always be hurt and injustice, we can be assured that our lives in Heaven will not look like that. Revelation 21:4 gives us a clear picture of what eternal life is like. It says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Hearing this gives me so much comfort, and is such a reminder of God’s goodness.
I am always encouraged by the fact that once we get to Heaven there will be no more sin, but I think it is also important to realize God’s call to us on Earth. It is our duty as Christians to love and fight for those who are marginalized and hurting; we are called to take action. One verse that I always go back to is Micah 6:8, which says, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” We are all precious in God’s eyes, and we cannot sit back as His creations are being oppressed, discriminated against, and taken advantage of.
As you go about your week I would encourage you to look for opportunities to be a part of the solution in the fight against the injustices we see in the world. Some ways you could do this could look like donating money to a cause close to your heart or standing up and saying something when you see discrimination. We have the privilege to show God’s love to others and to be a light in the world, so take action and trust Him to guide you!
1. What are some causes or injustices you are passionate about?
2. What are some ways you can take action against the injustices in our world?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your desire for justice. Thank You that in a world full of hurt and pain, You are a constant source of goodness. God, when I am feeling hopeless, remind me of Your vision for the world. I am thankful that You are a God that cares for all of His people and that You see us all equally. Help me to be active in the fight against injustice, and give me opportunities to be Your light. Thank You for Your everlasting love. Amen.
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