But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
The message here is very similar to yesterday's verse, but at a different time, from a different source. The imagery makes it so powerful. It is almost as though Amos is suggesting that justice and righteousness could become powerful and unstoppable if they were allowed to gather momentum. The force of justice could be like the power of gravity pulling the water along. Unfortunately, I think we tend to look at justice on a case by case basis, and not as an over-riding principle to live by. The kind of justice Amos is describing would need systemic changes in our cultures to come about. But change has to start somewhere, and as an individual I must start with myself and my actions.
Lord God, help me to see opportunities to further justice and fairness in my encounters with others. Help me to know what to do to make a difference. Martin Luther King used this verse, and what a difference he made! Amen