Monday, April 23, 2012

Return unto Righteousness

 12Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
 13That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
 14For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
 15But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it. 

 Return unto Righteousness

To understand the title of today's devotional, as well as its theme, think for a moment about the phrase; return on your investment. What does that mean? In layman's terms it means that the money you invest has to somehow bring you a return or profit.

Now, let us apply that to the phrase, return unto righteousness. The Lord Jesus Christ chastises His children, continually pointing them to His law. Though the chastisement may not be pleasant for the moment, the goal is to ultimately give them rest from adversity, rather than more days of adversity.

Psalm 94 continues,
For the LORD will not cast off His people, neither will he forsake his inheritance, but judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
Because Christ loves His dear people He chastises them with the hope that they will leave off their wicked ways and follow more closely to Him. In the middle of the chastisement His people have the assurance that He will walk right there beside them, for He will never forsake His own.

What a great and precious promise. We are not thrown into this chaotic world, fearing what may happen to us, but we, as children of God, have the hope and comfort that our steps are ordered by the Lord. Days of adversity are sent, but along with those days is the comfortable presence of God, guiding us and encouraging us to grow closer to Him.

What do we find in that closer walk with the Lord? Our hearts burn with love for Him. Instead of fear of the unknown, we walk in peace with our dear Savior. Gradually our affections are pulled away from this world and focused on the Lord Jesus Christ and our eternal home with Him. Not only is that a beautiful picture, but it is true!

Go to Christ. He, alone, is our hope, our peace, our joy, and our quiet confidence. Each step we take is ordered by the Lord until that great day when we will live with Him forever. Now that is quite a return unto righteousness!

God Bless You,

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