If there were no God like so many are trying to tell us through atheistic and “scientific” thought; this world would have been destroyed way before now. Without God there would be nothing in the first place; and I would not be sitting at this computer sharing this with you.
This article is about righteousness. If we, as human beings, are gut honest with ourselves, we know that we are definitely imperfect beings. Without God and His mercy, love, grace, holiness, and righteousness we would be eternally condemned beings. We come into this world screaming, and if we were large enough and strong enough would do great harm to get what we want, and when we want it.
This beginning may seem a bit dark, gloomy, and maybe depressing; but please read on. Without God there is no hope. Without God there is no law of right and wrong, darkness and light, good or evil. Think please.
If you are following along in our Daily Bible Reading today’s is Deuteronomy 7 – 9. The following is our text for today…
“Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, a people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, ‘Who can stand before the children of Anak!’ Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God He which goeth over before thee; a consuming fire He shall destroy them, and He shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.
Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, ‘For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land,’ but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that He may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 9:1-5 (KJB)
God had given His word to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would make of them a great nation, and that through them the people of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:3).
Though Moses knows that he does not get to enter the land of promise he knows that God will, and is about to fulfill His promise to the patriarchs just named.
We are told in the text that He is doing this, “Not for your righteousness, or the uprightness of your heart…” “You are not worthy of it, but neither are the ones who are in the land right now”. “I am giving it to you because I have promised it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”.
That is grace. It is God’s grace that fulfills His promises, and keeps His word. It is grace that brings a lost, condemned, and dying sinner to the cross professing Jesus as Lord and Savior, and he/she is delivered from eternal death.
It is the grace and righteousness of God that sent Jesus to die on the cross for your sins and mine. By that same grace He was buried, and bodily arose from that grave. It is that same grace that gives us promise from Jesus Himself, “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself” (John 14:3)