Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Isaiah 1:17
Although I had a timid personality as a young girl, I possessed the courage to stand up and speak out against social injustice. I was sure that seeing the ravages from the looting and burnt remains of the 1967 Newark, New Jersey riots influenced my desire to become involved in the fight against wrongdoing. It was only today that I realized my motivation to stand up and speak out was biblically supported. Imagine my surprise when I read Isaiah 1:17? God defines our responsibility to become an active participant in the battle against injustice and oppression. We are required to assist those who are unable to defend themselves against cruel and unjust treatment.
But there has to be more to the onset of intent purpose at such a young age. As I reflect on my childhood activities, they were atypical, my focus was on seeking knowledge and developing creativity. By the age of 13, I had read hundreds of books, studied the Bible, and could formulate arts and crafts projects that were well beyond my chronological age. Somehow I knew that I had been called to live a purpose-driven life. To be sure that I had the correct perception of my childhood, the other day, I spoke to my Mother, who verified that my historical facts were accurate.
Each of us has been gifted with unique qualities. The question is, “How are you fulfilling your purpose in life?” As I matured, I developed alternate plans which were outside of the will of God. Because we have been given free will of choice, I was able to complete most of my ideas, but they always resulted in a dead-end. Eventually, I became weary of hitting the wall of limitations and prayed for God to order my steps according to His will.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. I am a Believer because God has forgiven my willful disobedience and has enabled me to live with purpose as long as I agree to place my life in His hands. I seek Divine Intervention because I recognize that I am the hindrance to my blessings. I have grown tired of making mistakes and suffering the consequences.
At any stage in life, God can use us for His greater good to humanity. Yes, we share the common purpose of standing against injustice and helping those who are social outcasts and economically disadvantaged. Even so, as we differ, so do our spiritual gifts and innate talents. It is not enough to verbalize that the situations are terrible, we have been given the duty to alleviate suffering, which is not an option when you serve God.
“If you keep quiet at a time like this, help will come from heaven to the Jews, and they will be saved, but you will die, and your father’s family will come to an end. Yet who knows–maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen!” Esther 4:14
In reading the Book of Esther, God used an orphan girl who became a Queen and saved a Nation. Approaching the King without an invitation would lead to her immediate execution; however, with prayer and fasting, God gave the young Queen wisdom, and God’s plan was brought into fruition to save the Israelite nation.
Living a life without making major mistakes is only possible with God who cannot make mistakes. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, heinous actions, crimes, and political dissension, you and I have been placed in the right place at the right time. Using our spiritual gifts and talents, along with spreading the message of Salvation, is our purpose. Now is the time for all Believers to proclaim that better days are coming, and they will last forever in a New Heaven and New Earth.
Bible Reading: The Book of Esther 1-8
God, we ask you to reveal our purpose and to give us direction to minister to the oppressed and who are unable to provide for themselves. We pray for the boldness to stand up and speak out against the injustices that permeate our world. Forgive us for ignoring those who are suffering. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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