Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people.
Dear God, it seems that your commands are consistent—Hey, just do what’s right. Love God. Embrace righteousness and reject evil. Be fair and reject corruption. Do these things and you’ll be in the center of my will. Reject these things and you will leave my presence, and in my presence is peace.
I think that’s the big thing. Our human eyes will sometimes trick us and make us think that corruption and selfishness or self-indulgence pays. There are plenty of billionaires who are corrupt and pursue their own selfish whims. From the outside it looks like they have it all. But only someone who knows your peace can understand what that person is missing.
Father, help me to live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you. Love through me. Encourage through me. Be glorified through me. And help me to know you and your presence just a little better today.
In Jesus’ name I pray,