We live in a world where man has always tried to do things his way and ignore the righteousness of God. From the very beginning, man tried to establish his own righteousness by doing things his way rather than God’s. In every way, man has demonstrated that laying a foundation based on man’s standard will collapse. By the simple definition of righteousness, there can only be one standard by which everything else in the universe is measured.
Ethan the Ezrahite proclaimed, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your [God’s] throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before You.” (Psalm 89:14). God’s reign is founded on what is right and just. In our world, people cry for justice, but in most cases, their basis for demanding justice is not the righteousness of God. As a consequence, we end up with a condition among people much like we find at the end of Judges, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (21:25). This is chaos!
If man is to find peace, they must seek a rule that is based on God’s righteousness. In a psalm written by Moses, he proclaims, “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne” (Psalm 97:1–2). Allowing God to reign in my personal life means that I can trust God the Spirit to work out His righteousness in my life so that God is glorified and my fellowship with Him becomes full of joy.
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