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Day 11 – Issue 17

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Psalm 33:1 NLT

‘Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise him.’

Living in a world in which my ears and eyes are overwhelmed with bad news stories, it can be challenging to rejoice. The sadness may come from exposure to human suffering created by human cruelty; or it can be my own internal disappointment, which leads to moments of personal despair. But God’s invitation is to live joyfully in all circumstances. How?

A fresh perspective can provide the answer. When wounded through misrepresentation, must I rage at the apparent injustice, or am I able to rejoice in my sufferings, celebrating that I walk where Jesus walked?

On hearing of an act of random terror, I find myself demanding retribution, consumed with anger – with what some might call a righteous anger. But I lose sight of humanity in an apparent defence of the victims’ violated humanity. Yet, even as I am so consumed, I am diminished in my own humanity as a desire for violence poisons me.

How is it possible in an imperfect world to see things through God’s eyes? The psalmist tells us that we are created to live righteous lives, not out of some superior morality by which we compare and contrast ourselves with the ‘unrighteous’; rather, that we find God’s grace to model the Jesus way, to have his perspective in every circumstance.

Never easy, this requires two things. Firstly, a conviction that God is real and is present in this world we occupy. Secondly, that we are able to discover and develop a third side, God’s perspective on all of life. I no longer align with my understanding of the perspective of the other, or with my own internal reactions. I pause and prayerfully seek to enter upon God’s perspective and pray from this viewpoint.

QUESTION: How do you react to injustice?

PRAYER: Lord God, help me to pray for this broken world in a way that aligns with your heart and will. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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