Read:

  • Jeremiah 10:17-25
  • Jeremiah 21:1-22:9
  • Jeremiah 34:1-22
  • Jeremiah 46:13-28

“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.” –Jeremiah 22:3, ESV

What would the Lord have me do? The question rings forth in many hearts during all different seasons of life. It may be the teenager deciding what to do after high school, the college student looking for a career, or the retiree wondering what to do with the hours before them. Whatever the phase, the question resounds in the hearts of believers and unbelievers alike.

Verses like this shine a light in the confused fog. You may not know the exact step to take, but you can know that justice and righteousness are always a correct answer. You may not know the future, but you know the Lord smiles on freeing a captive. Life may not look like you thought it would, but you can know that the Lord God Almighty supports you supporting the fatherless.

What is more. This particular verse comes embedded in the context of looming captivity. Even then, when choices become limited, these actions are yours to choose.

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