Scripture Reading: Micah 2:1–2
Despite God’s intentions, work is subjected to human sin. The most egregious case is work that is inherently sinful. There are jobs that raise the question: should this job be done at all? We can all think of various examples, no doubt, and Christians would do well to seek work that benefits others and society as a whole.
But Micah calls to account not so much those who feel forced into doing bad work, but the leaders who fail to reform society. In our day, we need God’s wisdom to find effective solutions to current social factors leading to sinful and oppressive work. At the same time, like the prophets of Israel, we need to call individuals to repent of willfully engaging in sinful labor.
Prayer: Jesus, I pray for your wisdom for our leaders, to find effective solutions to dismantle injustice. I also ask that you would show me how I can contribute to justice in the world, through my life and labor. Amen.
For Further Exploration: Read Individual & Societal Responsibility for Unjust Work (Micah 1:1-7; 3:1-2; 5:10-15) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.
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