Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 9:23-24
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
This is a cross-reference from First Corinthians, but what struck me is where the Lord is said to practice His love, justice, and righteousness: in the earth.
It is notable that He practices, which to me means something like a doctor practicing medicine or a lawyer practicing law – jokes about those things aside. Love and justice and righteousness are part of who God is as well as what He does. We are here because of that. Earth, all of material existence in the universe, is here that God might interact with us in expressing such. All that exists in creation is exists because of God’s love and goodness.
Heaven, in its full, everlasting conformity to all that God wills cannot be perfected; it is perfect. Thy will be done, on earth as it is [always and everywhere and forever] done in heaven. Earth is the borderland, the place where order and perfection are drawn out of chaos as the Spirit hovers over the roiling potentials of the deep.
We come to understand that God did not only initiate creation out of His divine character and person, but He works in it now, first, because it is always now to the Eternal One. He is creating, sustaining, and revealing. Most often -- I tend to think, His practices are not so obviously and overtly miraculous. The Lord works by His Spirit dwelling in believers; He works in and through us. As my friend used to say, God doesn’t rain twenty dollar bills down from heaven because He is not a counterfeiter. The coin Peter found in the mouth of a fish had been dropped or lost by someone. Jesus could have turned stones into bread, but what He did was take a little bread offered and multiple it to meet the need.
Through prayer and faith in communion with our Father, we can experience His steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in our lives. God is delighted when He sees us offering these blessings to others, multiplying the bread of life out here on the frontiers of the kingdom.