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August 7, 2021 8:00 pm
When John Lewis, an American congressman and civil rights leader, died in 2020, people from many political persuasions mourned. In 1965, Lewis marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure voting rights for black citizens. During the march, Lewis suffered a cracked skull, causing scars he carried the rest of his life. “When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair,” Lewis said, “you have a moral obligation to say something. To do something.” He also said: “Never, ever, be afraid to make some noise and get in good, necessary trouble.”
Lewis learned early that doing what was right, to be faithful to the truth, required making “good” trouble. He would need to speak things that were unpopular. The prophet Amos knew this too. Seeing Israel’s sin and injustice, he couldn’t keep quiet. Amos denounced how the powerful were oppressing “the innocent and tak[ing] bribes and depriv[ing] the poor of justice in the courts,” while building “stone mansions” with “lush vineyards.” (Amos 5:11–12). Rather than maintaining his own safety and comfort by staying out of the fray, Amos named the evil. The prophet made good, necessary trouble.
But this trouble aimed at something good—justice for all. “Let justice roll on like a river!” Amos exclaimed (v. 24). When we get into good trouble (the kind of righteous, nonviolent trouble justice requires), the goal is always goodness and healing.
Thanks for joining us for today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread are reading titled the good trouble was written by Wynn collier when John Lewis, an American congressman and civil rights leader died in 2020 people from many political persuasions mourned in 1965, Lewis marched with Martin Luther King Jr. to secure voting rights for black citizens during the March Lewis suffered a cracked skull causing scars he carried for the rest of his life.
When you see something that is not right, not just not fair. Lewis said you have a moral obligation to say something to do something he also said never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good necessary trouble Lewis learned early that doing what was right to be faithful to the truth, required making good trouble. You would need to speak things that were unpopular. The prophet Amos knew this to seeing Israel's sin and injustice. He couldn't keep quiet. Amos denounced how the powerful were oppressing the innocent and taking bribes and depriving the poor of justice in the courts while building a stone mansions with lush vineyards, rather than maintaining his own safety and comfort by staying out of the fray. Amos named the evil, the prophet made good necessary trouble but this trouble aimed at something good justice for all. Let justice roll on like a river.
Amos exclaimed when we get into good trouble kind of righteous nonviolent trouble.
The goal is always goodness and healing today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Amos chapter 5 verses 10 through 24. There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and to test the one who tells the truth. You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions. You will not live in them. Though you have planted lush vineyards. You will not drink their wine or I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts. Therefore, the prudent keep quiet in such times for the times are evil.
Seek good, not evil that you may live then the Lord God Almighty will be with you just as you say he is hate evil love good maintained justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph. Therefore, this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty says there will be wailing and all the streets and cries of anguish in every public square. The farmers will be summoned to weep in the mourners to whale.
There will be wailing and all the vineyards, or I will pass through your midst, says the Lord woe to you who long for the day of the Lord, why do you long for the day of the Lord that day will be darkness, not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light pitchdark without a ray of brightness I hate. I despise your religious festivals your assemblies are stench to me even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings. I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings.
I will have no regard for them away with the noise of your songs. I will not listen to the music of your harps, but let justice roll on like a river righteousness like a never failing strain. Let's pray father in heaven. Often when we are left to ourselves.
We like to play it safe and keep quiet.
You however want us to be good and necessary trouble makers help us to be bold in proclaiming the truth and seeking justice for all people give us discernment as we see can carry out your will for our lives. Thank you Lord is in Jesus name we pray.
Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries