Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Right - Righeous
by Erik Momsen
One has to keep his wits about him these days. It is easy, and so many do, lose their minds and lose their lives. There are a few truths that are eternal anchors for life. One of these truths is that God is Good. Jesus replied, “There is only One who is good.” (Matthew 19:16-21). By knowing the One who is Good I start to trust and lean upon His goodness. My eyes are open to His goodness and I start being thankful for this goodness. In His goodness I start becoming good. Europe lost the belief in the fact of God's goodness after two world wars and Europe lost faith.
Another equally important truth is that God is Right. God is true.
In the anguish of my life I struggle to understand why things go so wrong and so much pain is experienced by so many. The one truth that grounds me and keeps me stable and on course is this one truth, “God is Right and righteous”.
One of my friends relays his father's saying that he would not do for his children is good but what is right.
Paul writes in Romans 3:4 “Let God be found true though every human being is false and a liar, as it is written, That You may be justified and shown to be upright in what You say, and prevail when You are judged [by sinful men]." (Amplified Bible)
“Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
“So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge.” (NIV)
THE SIN OF BEING MR. RIGHT
Perhaps because we have lived with our own thoughts our whole lives we find it very hard to believe that we are not right almost all the time. The way I see things must be the right way!!!
We experience the world and interpret it according to SELF. I do this and when I do this it brings be even more pain and confusion because the world is not as I want it to be. What I am doing here is making myself the universal authority and this is burden I cannot carry. I make myself judge and saviour of all around me and this is foolish.
ONLY GOD IS RIGHT
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.” (Psalm 51:3,4)
David know his spiritual state. Apart from having Bathsheba in the closet he knows his own heart and mind betrays him. He is reminding himself and he is under the hand of the Lord.
I do not believe that David expects annihilation from a vengeful God or he would not have pleaded that His Spirit would remain on David.
He also does not believe that he has no sin towards Bathsheba's dead husband. What he is doing is placing God in His rightful position. David is firstly and completely responsible to God. David is reminding himself that God you are “right in your verdict and justified when you judge”.
When you settle in your mind and heart that God is always right and that His Goodness is working something bigger than you can ever imagine - then you are on the road to peace.
ANOTHER REMINDER THAT GOD IS RIGHT - RIGHTEOUS
You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right.
The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.
My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words.
Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.
Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts.
Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.
Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.
Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live. (Psalm 119:137-144)
The foundation of my life cannot be my understanding. This is a recipe for mental torture. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)
I choose to make Him the truth in all my experiences even if I am in pain for I do not understand the complexity of the battle but I know He is good and His judgments true.
Date Added: 2013-01-22
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