Week beginning: 27th October, 2013

By Mark Barrell | Bury St Edmunds

"Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Psalm 73v25-26 (ESV)

There can be times during our working lives when we might be tempted to give up hope that justice will be done, or even be seen to be done. It may be the underhand tactics of the other side, the fault of the client, the system itself or possibly the sheer lack of funds that thwarts access to real justice.

Aspah, when he wrote this Psalm, opened by affirming God's goodness (v1) but quickly slipped into a slew of despondency and weariness as he looked at the seemingly easy and untouchable lives of the wicked, corrupt, arrogant and powerful (v2-15). What changed his mind? It was going into the very presence of God (v17, 28), understanding that He is in control (v23-26) and seeing the bigger picture of God's heart for justice (v27).

As you begin your working week what is it that you desire most? That justice is done and righteousness flourishes. These are good things that God desires too. But, as you go about your God given work, desire to be near God first and foremost – because whatever the situation He will strengthen you. He is your refuge and hope of justice both now and for eternity.

Prayer points:

1. Pray for a renewed desire to be near to God this week in your workplace, and to put Him first in all things.

2. Give thanks for those who are seeking to bring about justice in the midst of difficult circumstances including our brothers and sisters in the CLEAR network.