Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Today's Morsel: Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his work for civil rights in America. Dr. King, a Baptist Minister, is not only known for his work towards civil rights, but also for his famous, "I Have A Dream" speech which was 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.. I think that every family should sit and read through this speech and see if they are living up to it. Many people think that it was a speech given by a black man to black people. But the speech was not a speech to one race of people. It was a call to a nation who was founded and built on the principles of God's word to live up to who she was to be. It was a call to remind her that justice is not just for a few, but for all. It was to remind her that all of God's people are created equal. And whether those people were black or white, Jew or Gentile, Protestant or Catholic, in God's eyes they must be treated equal. It was a statement and reminder that until this nation realized and did that, it would be divided and be a nation with much unrest. You see, one of the things about injustice is we can practice it and may not even know it. This is especially in the church. When Dr. King quoted from the Book of Isaiah "Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it", I believe that what he was saying was that when the playing field is level for all people, then we see God's glory revealed in that nation. But if we treat people unfairly, then "judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter" (Isaiah 59:14). Are you practicing justice? Do a heart search today and allow God to show you any areas you may have a need to change in your own life to show liberty and justice to all.
Sing: Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last. Free at last, we're free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.
Thought For Today: God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).