Monday, January 3, 2022

Daily Devotion: What God Loves: Righteousness

Bible Reading: Psalm 11

Key Verse: Verse 7 - For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.”

Key Words: For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness

If you look up the word righteousness in your dictionary it will in all likelihood say “to be right.”  My college English professor, Mrs. Bemarkt, would say, “You don’t define a word by using the same word.”  I agree, righteousness means to be on the level to be morally and legally just.  God loves righteousness, moral and legal justice.  In the Beattitudes in Matthew 5:6 we are told, “Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness.”

In the Antarctic summer of 1908-9, Sir Ernest Shackleton and three companions attempted to travel to the South Pole from their winter quarters. They set off with four ponies to help carry the load. Weeks later, their ponies dead, rations all but exhausted, they turned back toward their base, their goal not accomplished.

Altogether, they trekked 127 days. On the return journey, as Shackleton records in The Heart of the Antarctic, the time was spent talking about food—elaborate feasts, gourmet delights, sumptuous menus. As they staggered along, suffering from dysentery, not knowing whether they would survive, every waking hour was occupied with thoughts of eating.

Jesus, who also knew the ravages of food deprivation, said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for RIGHTEOUSNESS.” We can understand Shackleton’s obsession with food, which offers a glimpse of the passion Jesus intends for our quest for righteousness.

God loves righteousness – do you?

What to do:
✞ Love what God loves and hungers and thirsts after: righteousness.

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