Let justice surge like water. (Amos 5:24)
Amos 5:14-15, 21-24;Psalm 50:7-13, 16-17; Matthew 8:28-34
Today’s readings portray powerful forces, both natural and supernatural. Amos urges his hearers to unleash a waterfall of righteousness instead of thinking that adherence to ritual is all they need to be righteous. And in the Gospel, the demons who challenge Jesus impel a large herd of pigs over a cliff rather than face their divine Judge. Terrified, the townspeople beg Jesus to leave so that they can return to their predictable lives. It seems that like the people in Amos’ time, these people also preferred the “pretense of religion” to its power (2 Timothy 3:5).
What is “surging” in your life right now? Perhaps it’s conflict within your family, at your workplace, or in your congregation. Perhaps you’re having an emotional response that surprises you: overwhelming grief, exuberant joy, raging fury. Perhaps a global issue like sex trafficking or child slavery has you frustrated because there seems to be very little that you can do about it.
In all of these situations, you have two choices. You can try to evade or tamp down those surges, or you can beg God to help you find a productive way to channel their energies. Avoidance may seem safer, but it risks distancing you from the Lord. After all, he may be urging you to do something to help.
Of course, it’s easier to pretend everyone in the family is getting along just fine, but it might be the right time to say, “Hey, I know you love each other way down deep. What’s causing the chill?” or “Have I done something to offend you? That certainly wasn’t my intention!”
Don’t settle for feeling overwhelmed or frustrated! Instead, settle down in a quiet place with the Lord and pour it out freely. Then wait for his words or intuitions to well up in your heart.
Begin right where you find yourself, then wait until you realize that God is with you. That will shed light on your next step. He will always show you the wise course of action if you can just place yourself in a more tranquil setting.
“Thank you, Father, for the reality of your love right here and now. Show me how to channel that love in a way that glorifies you and helps build your kingdom.”~wau