Forcing Righteousness

When I try to force God’s righteousness, I am tempted into wickedness.

The wicked conceive evil;

Psalm 7:14

I find myself plotting a course of action to achieve my view of righteousness. I become the one conceiving evil!

they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies.

I justify my actions and my words but they don’t have that ring of Jesus. In essence I am pregnant with trouble.

Will I allow the Spirit of God to challenge me and draw me back from wickedness? Can I pray, surrendering the need to control to God?

They dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves.

Psalm 7:15

As I try to force “God’s will”, I find myself trying to trap people. Eventually I entrap myself.

The trouble they make for others backfires on them.

That trouble I justified comes back to me.

Jesus does not need me to enforce his righteousness. So, when I sense wickedness expressing itself through me, the only way back to Jesus is surrender, entrusting the issue to him.

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Regain peace

When I lose peace, Psalm 73 helps…

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. (Psalm 73:21-22)

I find I can’t settle my heart, let alone pray. I fight imaginary battles over what grieved and embittered me. Recognising this isn’t enough. I need to come to a place of surrender.

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. (Psalm 73:23)

The realisation that God is with me and willing to hold me helps.  This is my foothold out of the swamp.

If I allow him to hold my right hand, I surrender my drive to act. It helps to recognise I am in a bad place and more likely to provoke harm than good.

You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me into glory. (Psalm 73:24)

Only after I have surrendered can I be still enough to listen to his counsel, to be guided by him down a path that heads to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. (Psalm 73:25)

If I believe that there is nothing besides him, then this road is much easier because trust needs to be wholehearted.

 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. (Psalm 73:26)

Through this rocky road his strength and rescue will be proven and I will discover the Lord’s portion that lasts forever!