Word for today something to think about??
“Life contains but two tragedies. One
is not to get your hearts desire; the other
is to get it.”—George Bernard Shaw”
“Have you ever wondered, “What’s the use of being righteous?” What good does it do to try to live right and do the right thing? After all, it often seems as though the people who live only for themselves get along better than anybody else. They lie and cheat, they follow dishonest and unscrupulous business practices, yet they always seem to prosper. In the meantime, honest, hard-working people labor day after day just for the daily food on their table. If righteousness is so important, why do the wicked prosper?
This is an age-old question. An ancient Hebrew psalmist named Asaph asked the “same thing. When he saw evil men do well, it made him question why he tried so hard to live right:
“Asaph was so troubled over this that he almost gave up. He almost abandoned his attempt to live righteously, until the day he received a revelation from God. When he began to see things from the vantage point of the Kingdom of Heaven, his entire perspective changed:”
“Things look different when viewed from a Kingdom perspective. Unrighteous people who so often appear to us to be stable, successful, healthy, wealthy, and trouble-free are actually on a slippery slope toward destruction. Their stability is only apparent, not real. As it says in another psalm, the wicked “are like chaff that the wind blows away” (Ps. 1:4b). They are here one day and gone the next.
It is a different story with the righteous. The same psalm says of the righteous person, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (Ps. 1:2-3). The psalm concludes with a powerful contrast: “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish” (Ps. 1:6). Which would you rather be, chaff blown away by the wind or a tree firmly planted, well nourished, and prosperous?
So what good is righteousness? It gives us true stability, success, health, wealth that lasts, and positions us to overcome all the troubles that life throws our way.
Even though the righteousness we receive in Christ is not given for us alone but also for the purpose of the ministry of reconciliation, righteousness does bring with it significant personal benefits.”
vision, purpose, destiny,