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Monday 25 March 
The consequences of seeking

 

Read Proverbs 2:1–11
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path. (verse 9)

A few years back I discovered a gospel album called The Nu Nation Project. Recorded in 1998, it was groundbreaking for bringing hiphop, funk and R ‘n’ B motifs into worship music. Every track on the album is a gem, but I often skipped track three: ‘Lean on Me’. It wasn’t the famous Bill Withers song, but carried a similar sentiment: ‘Here’s my shoulder, you can lean on me.’ The lyrics of the verses were about homelessness and disease and offering a hand to people who were suffering. I confess, I wasn’t that into it; I preferred the praise music and found this track almost out of place on the album. Then, one day, the lyrics in the song’s bridge caught my attention: ‘Tell me how can I, how can I love Jesus, when I’ve never seen his face? Yet I see you dying and I turn and walk away.’

I felt utterly stupid. This song wasn’t out of place on the album, it was essential. Seeking out God means very little if it doesn’t translate into a compassion for our fellow humans. The extract I’ve chosen from today’s text reminds me of this same sentiment. Though seeking God may feel utterly personal, the consequences of finding God – God’s wisdom in this context – have just as much of an impact on the wider world as they do on the individual. Righteousness, justice, equity; this is the wisdom that God invites us to seek out ‘like silver’.

† Gracious God, though we seek you for ourselves, let the experience of finding you be transformative not only to our inner worlds but to the world around us. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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