The same God who demands change also promises to make change possible. The Minor Prophets carry a fundamental optimism that God is active in the world to change it for the better. Despite the apparent triumph of the wicked, God is ultimately in charge, and “the kingdom shall be the Lord’s” (Obadiah 21).
Despite the calamity the people are bringing upon themselves, God is at work to restore the goodness of life and work that he intended from the beginning. God’s word to his people in times of economic and social hardship is that God’s intent is to restore peace, justice, and prosperity, if the people will live by the precepts of his covenant. The means he will use is the work of his people.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you are active in the world to change it for the better. I pray your kingdom come and your will be done. Use my work to further your plans for peace, justice, and restoration. Amen.
For Further Exploration: Read God Makes Change Possible (Hosea 14:1-9; Amos 9:11-15; Micah 4:1-5; Obadiah 21) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.
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