Wednesday Gathering Devotion
One beautiful image of the justice of God is that of the imagery in the Old Testament of God’s hand, often described in Hebrew poetry as having done justice “with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” Often this phrase alludes to the people of God being rescued from slavery in the Exodus event and is a call to remember and be grateful for freedom, to remember the mighty works of God acting in human history, and remember the ways God is sovereignly still at work in the world. There is something of the creativity and wonder of God at work in the human hand. It is often with the hand that justice is done, and with the hand that injustice is done. The hand that wields the sword, the gun, or becomes a fist and it is the hand that comforts, the hand that guides, the hand that gives. In Jesus’ coming God did, quite literally, have hands that worked justice; whether by being conduits of God’s healing power, or even in making a whip of cords to cleanse the temple. It was the hands of Jesus that bore the wounds that brought healing into a violent world; both to the oppressed and to the oppressor.
Wednesday Gathering Instructions:
Since I am traveling at present College Avenue Friends will likely not gather this Wednesday. This exercise is best done in a group, but since many of you are following this as individuals it is also designed to be accessible in either context.
- Read Isaiah 40 once through out loud.
- Reread Isaiah 40 and reflect upon/discuss the actions of God’s hands in the passage. Examine the verbs. How many of these point to connections between the character of God and the righteousness/justice of God?
- Spend about 5 minutes in silent prayer. Examine your hands. Prayerfully consider for a few minutes the ways your hands have worked for justice, and the ways they have worked for injustice. Ask forgiveness if led to, asking God to give you clean hands and a pure heart. Commit the creativity and potential of your hands to the purposes of God.
- Close in the Lord’s Prayer.