“Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,
for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him. ” (Is 3.10-11, ESV)

The Scriptures continually separate people into two divisions: the wicked and the righteous. We’d like to think that perhaps their are subdivisions so that we could be mostly righteous, but sometimes wicked. Scripture makes no such distinctions.

As followers of Christ we do not hold that righteousness comes from what we do. We believe it comes from what Jesus did for us and we gladly accept that understanding that our righteousness in ourselves is no righteousness at all.

What glad news then when we see the promise that for the righteous “it shall be well with them.” Whatever our life circumstances, God has promised that we will be well. He is as good as his promises and we accept them with faith and confidence in his word, even if our particular circumstances would seem to indicate otherwise.

I was reading in Sport Illustrated last night of the tragic death of Monty Williams’ wife Ingrid, killed by another driver high on meth. Monty made an incredible speech on forgiveness at her funeral.  He said that his faith in God never waivered even though there was sometimes a disconnect between his faith and his feelings. That to me is as practical a definition of faith as I’ve ever read.

 

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