This week’s devotion comes from Hope for the Journey, a devotional series written by Dave and Ann Smazik.

June 14, 2023

Philippians 4:8 exhorts us, the beloved, that, “whatever is just…think about these things.” Justice is central to our beliefs. To meditate, study, and think on justice throughout the whole of scripture and apply that message to the whole of our lives is not easy work. Our default mode is to consider our choices, attitudes, and perspectives in light of chapters and verses of scripture that seemingly support them. Our human tendency, and an effect of privilege, is to avoid that which calls our lifestyle into question, making our interest for in-depth biblical study wane when it requires an alignment of our lives with biblical standards and the living Word, Jesus Christ. I am reminded of 2 Timothy 2:15 as a call to what is required of us: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.”