“ ‘For this is what the Sovereign says: Enough, you princes of Israel! Stop your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Quit robbing and cheating my people out of their land. Stop expelling them from their homes, says the Sovereign .‘” 45:9
Did you notice God’s instructions here are in favor of the people, and not the princes? It’s not about how the royals should be treated, but about how they should serve the people well.
We are all serving somebody. Maybe you’re in a position of leadership in ministry, or maybe you’re like me, being bossed around by preschoolers all day. How are you leading your people?
When I read the verses above, I’m reminded of what it looks like to display power in a godly way. It’s not about flattering your own ego and gaining control. It’s fighting for the powerless, exemplifying integrity and doing what is right.
Dang. Sometimes it’s just doing what is right. Even a simple small thing.
I know this is a SMALL scale example, but the other day I was at the store and something I hadn’t purchased was added to my bag. I didn’t notice until I pulled it out at home. I checked my receipt and it was under $2. Did that make it any more mine? No. Would this big box store notice one single item missing from their inventory that would cost them literally nothing? I doubt it.
I took it back to the store anyway. It felt like a moment to practice integrity. Admittedly, this wasn’t a very costly way to make the right choice. There’s been other decisions in my life where I did what was right and it turned my life upside down. But you have to take the little opportunities too.
Take the chances you have to do what is just and right.