What God Considers Righteous

The Bible tells us that God’s ideas aren’t like our ideas so there’s a distinction between what He considers righteous and what we contemplate righteous. An instance of that is an incident that occurred to Abraham in Genesis chapter twenty. The story is lengthy so I’ll paraphrase it. Abraham believed God. He and Sarah, his spouse got here into the land of Ge’rar. He informed Sarah to say that she was his sister as a result of she was so lovely and he feared for his life. The King took Sarah as considered one of his wives however he didn’t contact her. Then the Lord spoke to the King in a dream and mentioned to him, “You are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife”.A.bim’e-lech, the King mentioned to the Lord; “Lord, will you slay a righteous nation also? Did he (Abraham) not say to me, ‘She is my sister? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother’. In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands, I have done this”.God then mentioned to him, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart for I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. Now, therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live.Our natural thought would be to think that God made a mistake. Abraham and Sarah were the ones who lied; they were the ones who deceived the King. He is the one who should be praying for Abraham and not Abraham for him. But you see our righteousness is not dependent upon what we do but rather what we believe. Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness according to Romans 4:3. None of us are righteous based upon good deeds; all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God but there is One who is righteous in all of His ways- Jesus Christ, and He died on that cross so that we could become righteous. 2nd Corinthians 5:21 reads, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we’d develop into the righteousness of God in Him”.We can never lose our right standing with God because Jesus has paid the price for us to be righteous. If we do well, we will be righteous; if we do not so well, we are still righteous in the sight of God because His righteousness towards us is solely based upon our belief; not our works.There are rewards in the righteousness that we have in Christ. Isaiah 32:17 says, “The works of righteousness can be peace”. The word peace is shalom which means complete wholeness. Also in verse 17, it says, “And the impact of righteousness; quietness and assurance endlessly”. Quietness speaks of being calm, not stressed out and assurance speaks of confidence in the promises of God that will manifest in our life because of our righteousness in Him.God goes on to say in verse 18, “My individuals will dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting locations”. It’s so comforting realizing that due to our proper standing with Him, we are able to stay with none fears.