Fruit of the Spirit, Goodness

Learn to do Good

Isaiah 1:17

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

Isaiah had his worked cut out for him in counselling God’s people in Judah. He ministered and prophesied for 40 years during the reign of four kings. Uzziah and Jotham who, “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” but kept the alters and other idols that the people worshipped. Ahaz, who did what was evil, to the point of sacrificing his own son and making offerings to other gods. Then finally, Hezekiah, who honoured God and the ways of King David.

The people had strayed so far from God and forsaken his commands that Isaiah called them ‘a brood of evildoers’. They were so far removed from the people that Moses had brought out of Egypt. They had to be told to stop doing evil and learn to do good. This did not just happen overnight; it was a gradual decline and outside ways had crept in. They took their eyes off God and followed the crowd. Justice was ignored and those in greatest need were neglected. They had forgotten how to do good. All too easily we can fall into the same trap.

Never assume that someone else will do what needs done. We may not be able to address every injustice but we can stand for what is right, and with those who need support. Each one of us has good to do and we honour God by doing it.

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