There are times when it seems like evil always wins. We read the news and see so much pain and suffering. It feels like bad things are always happening to good people. I find myself wondering when will we see the reverse? When will the good and the righteous finally experience victory?

As I read Psalm 112 this morning I was reminded that the pursuit of righteousness does eventually lead to joy.

“Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;

he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;

who conducts his affairs with justice.

For the righteous will be never be moved;

he will be remembered forever.

He is not afraid of bad news;

his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”

Psalm 112:4–7

Even though it seems like darkness is all around us, when we pursue righteousness, the light will dawn.

In particular, I am thinking about the statement that the righteous man “conducts his affairs with justice.” What does this look like? How do we live like this? What does it mean to conduct our affairs with justice? How can we be just in all we do? How do we help others pursue justice? Do we have any influence at all?

As I ponder all this it makes think about something that my friend Todd says often regarding politics. He says that we might not have the ability to influence the whole nation or state or even city. But what we can do, is have an impact on our neighbor.

How do we conduct our affairs with justice? We do so by making small choices every day. These small choices will have a direct impact on our families, friends, and neighbors.

What choices do you need to make today to pursue righteousness and justice?

from The Subversive Journey