A Prayer for Justice

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are keeping well and that You and Your families are doing OK during these strange days. As I said yesterday to a neighbour I have not seen since March, it is lovely seeing humans again. Only in separation do we appreciate that We are social animals and, approaching three months on, even those with huge gardens and plenty of rooms in their house are getting pretty fed up of isolation. We ought to remain cautious nonetheless.

Watching the violence and protests in America has been distressing. Let us hope that calm is restored there and those who seek to spark unrest in an election year are thwarted. The death of George Floyd was a tragedy and We should pray for him and his family.

This week I would like to focus on justice. Too often across the world We witness injustice. Now that the world is so interconnected and the Web reveals so much to us, We can see the oppression by governments occurring real time in places like Venezuela, China and North Korea. People often ask why there is injustice in this world and there are plenty of places in the Bible to look for answers.

We know that we live on a cursed earth (Genesis 3:17-19). This curse will not be lifted until we enter the new heaven and the new earth (Revelation 21:1-2; 22:3). This fallen world is subject to futility and this is seen around the globe (Romans 8:19-25). While We live here, the effects of sin will mean that some people will live in abject poverty, disease and oppression. This We must endure until Christ destroys it all and allows His faithful children to enter that new earth where righteousness dwells (see 2 Peter 3:10-13).

We must trust in God regardless of the inexplicable situations We may encounter. You’ll have to do this many times in life. There are many trials that You simply cannot comprehend, but should know that God knows and this should be a comforting thought. In the words of Solomon: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

This week I’d like You to dwell on injustices You may have caused. Also, think about those suffering across the world from injustice who are neither free nor content. I wish You all a productive and healthy week. God Bless You all.

Living God,
deliver us from a world without justice
and a future without mercy;
in your mercy, establish justice,

and in your justice, remember the mercy
revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.