Sometimes people ask me, “What is God’s will for me?” If you had asked the prophets whose writings are recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures they would have said this or something similar:
“Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
Plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)
In a world where making money, being famous, filling closets with the latest clothes and owning the latest technology is the name of the game called life; we are challenged to find a different purpose. We do not live for accumulation; we live for abandonment. We are called to abandon our self; we are called to embrace the other. Not just any other, but the other who cannot defend themselves. Why? When we take up the other, we find ourselves when we were far from God: oppressed, fatherless and husbandless. When we seek justice; we find the God who provided our justice long before we even knew we needed it. – Ron Friesen