Jesus is the answer for us today. Not only us, but the whole world. Are we ready to share Him?
(5) The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
Righteous acts are simple because they are Spirit-driven. We asked, we listened, then we obeyed. If righteousness were based upon acts of righteousness, though, we would be doomed, because in and of ourselves, we have NO righteousness out of which to act. We would have to hope that God would send someone to save us from ourselves–WAIT! That’s exactly what God did!!! Our righteousness is not based upon what we do, but upon Who we believe. We have received His righteousness through His sacrifice on the cross; we have received power over sin and death through His resurrection (2 Cor. 5:21).
Then, why do we still struggle so? Because we still live in our sin-full bodies. Jesus came to live in us so that we would have the power to manage our bodies until we can get our new ones. Ours is NOT a matter of learning how or becoming strong enough; it’s a matter of learning to lean on Him and call on His strength. It’s all about the relationship through connecting with Him. Sin no longer separates us positionally. We are His children regardless of what we do. Sin DOES separate us relationally because we turn away from Him. What does repent mean, but to turn around? He is always faithful and just to forgive and move on. He is perfectly, completely and continuously patient, gentle, and kind.
That doesn’t mean that we get to skip the consequences. He simply helps us through them. It’s a walk on a journey. The difficulty of the path is sometimes determined by our choices and sometimes by others’ choices, including the LORD’s. If we want to serve Him the best that we can, then we must allow Him to place us in difficult, risky, and dark circumstances in order for our light to shine. Life’s a struggle (John 16:33). Then we DIE! We have a future glory waiting for us (Romans 8:23)! So, be encouraged. Let’s look at these two verses together:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[a]including the new bodies he has promised us.
What can we conclude from these two verses?
- Jesus wants us to experience His peace. All the time. In every circumstance. In Him.
- We will experience trouble in this world. Pain, disease, betrayal, etc.
- We rejoice in His victory over this world and its plight.
- The Spirit within us gives us a taste of future glory. That glory tastes like His love, His joy, and His peace that flows through us. Throw in hope and grace, truth and righteousness, and we have the ANSWER that the world needs. It’s Jesus!
- We eagerly await our new heavenly bodies that will not struggle with sin, but will be able to enjoy our LORD fully and completely in His presence.
In the meantime, let’s try not to get too comfortable with our surroundings, but be ready for the LORD to use us for His glory. Let’s be about His work today keeping Him as our main focus.