Daily Devotional – Thursday, June 4, 2020
“In the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes: Whom are you like in your greatness.” [Ezekiel 31:1-2]
Have you ever dared to speak truth to power? Ezekiel was given that task by God and I am sure he would tell you it was not easy. It is difficult to confront the abuse and arrogance of power, of systems and structures that favor the elite over the many. This past week our nation has unraveled over the abuse of power by an officer. Legitimate protestors filled city squares, while others recklessly looted and destroyed property. The message to confront the abuse of power was lost in the mayhem. Yet, Ezekiel’s message to Pharaoh speaks into our reality, for Ezekiel said, “Your reign of abusive power will be destroyed.” This is the work to which we are all called when injustices are perpetrated by people in power. Confronting injustice though is never easy, because injustices are designed to keep the powerful in power. Although there are no easy answers to the work that is before our nation, Jesus’ command to his disciples on the night of his arrest still speaks volumes, “Love one another as I have loved you.” How might you confront injustices by loving, by seeking to understand others in the days ahead?
Holy One, my heart aches for those suffering injustices. Yet, I confess that I often feel ill-equipped to respond. I am often afraid to speak up, because I worry about what the consequences might be. Forgive my timidity, for you call me to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with you all the days of my life. Amen.