Thoughts in Worship
Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, March 30, 2016
“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:6).
The longer I live, the more I realize that my own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). All of my efforts to live a righteous life are fine as far as they go, but if they are ever to be registered in heaven, I must be seen through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. He is the best. There is none like Him. As I consider the difficulty of resisting the incredible temptations that I am assailed by, I develop a new respect for Jesus. He lived a perfect life while relying solely upon His Father for strength. With authority, He met the intense battle that Satan brought to Him at every step of His life on earth.
False pastors and hirelings had overrun Israel when Israel was supposed to be nurtured and cared for by faithful leaders committed to the Lord. God showed disdain for those commissioned to care for the flock, but allowed pride and self to get in the way. “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” (Isaiah 53:10-11). This type of faithlessness often discourages people from attending church. They see that some leaders are out of control and not loving, therefore they are discouraged from becoming a part of God’s body. They wonder how churches can be of God when the leaders are so corrupt. God sees their distress. When these very things were going on in Israel, He sent the message through Jeremiah that He was the only one that was truly righteous. While spiritual leaders are to represent God, they are still human. God is ultimately in control and does have His faithful ones in leadership positions. In any case, only Jesus is innately righteous. As we look to Him for guidance, He will lead us to the right house of worship where He is worshipped faithfully, and His word demonstrated in truth.
Do not allow the corruption of this world or some spiritual leaders to sow such a bad seed in your mind that you forget that God is the Righteous Judge.
He is the only One above reproach. He is the only one that will save us. Look to Jesus. He will never let you down. He is the Lord our Righteousness.