Job 22:1 through 25:6 is our reading for today!
Geez…that was kind of depressing wasn’t it? There were some good spots (Job 22:21-30 was one)
I think we all have had time of asking “Where is God? Where is His justice? Why isn’t He doing anything?” 24:23 says it well- “ He may let them rest in a feeling of security but his eyes are on their ways”
When I began my journey seeking justice, I started reading books on genocide and other such horrific events. Books on Cambodia, Rwanda, the Holocaust…needless to say after a while, it began to affect me. The depth of human depravity and hatred really tore a chunk out of my soul. It made me furious. Then to find out that such things are still currently existing.
There are more slaves today in the world than any other time in history (National Geographic estimates the number at 27 million.) That’s outrageous.
There are 15 million children in bonded slavery in India alone. That’s twice the size of the people in my state of VA.
Human trafficking generates a profit in excess of 12 billion dollars each year selling victims into slavery and sexual bondage…It’s true--check it out. Research yourself.
Here is what brought me hope. That there are people and organizations that God had put a passion into their heart to do something. People who are using their skills to make a difference and fight oppression all over the world through organizations such as International Justice Mission. People who are risking their lives to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. People are being rescued, perpetrators are being held accountable, and lives are being restored! That brings me hope. God IS doing something and He gives us the privilege of joining in the fight. If you would like to join in, I encourage you to check out IJM and go to IJM Institute . At the institute, you are given up to date prayer requests on what to pray for—and you can leave comments to people in the field. A blessing to those who risk their lives and a blessing to us to be able to be a part.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God? “ Micah 6:8
“Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
Here is a picture of lives changed. This family worked as slaves in a rice mill. The little baby was born in that rice mill. The family was rescued when she was beginning her 2nd day of life. This family now has life and hope. The husband has a job, the eldest will go to school. Lives that are transformed because people chose to not look away and to do something—seek justice on their behalf. To read more of Ammani’s story, click here.
If you would like to get involved with IJM---feel free to email me.