“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations”
I have always had an interest in how things are in the world, and I find myself listening to the news several times a day. And now with my mobile phone constantly connected to the internet, the news is constantly available 24/7. I wonder what the fascination is? Listening to the news last Sunday, it was grim listening. Terrible battles took place in Aleppo in Syria and Mosel in Iraq. A bombing at a football stadium in Turkey and at the dock in Mogadishu. Where, you may ask? That’s in Somalia. And this was all before news broke of a church in Cairo in Egypt being bombed.
“He will bring forth justice to the nations”. A promise spoken long ago? A promise we still need today. Perhaps each generation needs such a promise, for each has had to face terrible news even if they did not have it 24/7 on a global scale. Each has its questions. When? How? How long? In the face of what we see in the world or in what we face in our lives day by day.
Such questions might express doubt in this promise. Yet, perhaps they also express a deep desire, a sharing in God’s heart for the world, motivating us all to take steps in sharing in the work of the servant. Seeking to bring justice in our relationships, in our concerns and by our everyday actions. Then, together with the one who fulfils God’s promise - Jesus, we might share in bringing forth justice to the nations.
Pray for justice and peace throughout the world.
What do you wish for in the world? Write a prayer saying what you hope for. (You could write it on a nice piece of paper and hang it on your Christmas tree as a reminder).