Do not be anxious about anything? Surely that sounds too good to be true. I can barely think of one day in the last year where I did not feel a little anxious about something.
Editor’s Note: We recently had the opportunity to talk with former Chicago Bears wide receiver, Rashied Davis about how the Bible has impacted his life. Rashied shared with us three of his life verses – Bible passages that God has used to challenge, motivate, and encourage him. “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13, NIV Philippians 4:13 is a verse that has pushed me since I became a Christian. It might seem like …
People start the year with the best of intentions. Whether they’re setting out to get in shape or to learn a new language, they have high hopes. But by February disappointment and defeat have set in. They give up. The same is true with our goals for Bible reading. We pick out a plan and then… around three weeks in… oops… missed a few days. We think, “Well, that’s not gonna work.” And we decide to maybe give it another …
Our journey through the pages of Scripture exploring its teaching on justice has shown that justice is far more than a retributive posture towards the wrongdoer, but actually envisions a positive vision for all of creation.
Creation, by God’s very pronouncement, is “very good” at its inception (Gen 1:31). Last week we explored the goodness of creation and this goodness, completeness, as providing a launching point for the biblical narrative from the perspective of justice.
Today, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s pray for that justice to come. Let’s give thanks to God for the work He has done and is doing in our nation. Let’s ask Him to bring forth the healing, reconciliation, and peace that Dr. King envisioned, lived, and died to inspire. Let’s ask the Lord to root out the racism hiding in our own hearts and help us show our children how to display His love for all people.
Last week we began to explore what the Bible says about this potentially nebulous concept of “justice,” trying to expand our vision beyond merely the punishment of the wrongdoer, towards a vision of the world where things work rightly, where things are in harmony. Where people, communities and nature itself, flourish. This, we saw, is what the Bible often refers to as shalom (“peace” in many English translations).