But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. – Amos 5.24
Amos, like most of the prophets, speaks of a holy and just God. Being holy and righteous and just means that sometimes God has to punish sin. But we can be assured that God’s justice is always right and, of course, His righteousness is always right.
There should be no greater joy that for God’s justice to roll down like a river and His righteousness as a mighty stream. We live in a world that is anything but just and anything but righteous. It can seem like a ‘dry and thirsty’ land. Like the woman at the well there are looking for refreshment.
But, like the merchant crying out on Isaiah 55, there is an offer – ‘everyone who is thirsty come and drink.’ God is offering rivers of justice and streams of righteousness to all who will accept His refreshment.