The Right and Reward for Righteousness
Isaiah 3:10- The righteous will be happy, and things will go well for them. They will get to enjoy what they have worked for. (Good News) God’s promises have the same legal effect as his oath and covenant. We who are in Christ are products and inheritors of the promise given to Abraham.
Righteousness is coming to a place where you’re in right standing with God. In Proverbs. 11:8, God promises he will rescue the righteous from all troubles. Problems challenge our faith and make us wonder if God is with us. Have confidence that God will deliver you in due course. When the righteous man prospers it affects all around him and they prosper too. Jesus said in the sermon on the mount, blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness, they shall be filled. There must be a great and insatiable hunger for righteousness and the Lord promises to fill those who have such hunger with good things. There’s also a hunger that comes upon a man for a yearning to pray and to be filled. That is what Peter experienced while in Joppa.
Isaiah 3 discusses a people who were steeped in sin, yet God sent the prophet to tell the righteous remnant that in the midst of the crisis of sin, it shall be well with them. Though the judgment of the Lord was upon the land, there were those who still did not compromise on their righteousness, the remnant, and He promised to be good to them. Ours is to walk in faithfulness to God and as long as we remain in him in-spite of the mess around, he will come through for us.
Psalm 37:25 assures that no matter the struggles and the troubles we endure, the righteous and his offspring will never lack. Lot prospered and was saved from destruction because of Abraham not because of his own faith. It is important that we connect with people who have a special connection with God so that through them, we may receive greater prosperity.
The righteous need not have any fears or anxieties. In Genesis 15:1, God’s promise to Abraham to be his shield and exceedingly great reward applies to us also as partakers in the Abrahamic blessing. A shield protects and by this God promises to protect us; thus fear must not grip us under any circumstances. Fear is the principal weapon of the enemy. Faith, money, favor are all called shields in the Bible; when God promises to be our shield, He has us covered on all sides. God himself surrounds as a shield; we need not be afraid of the arrows that fly by. As Isaac was an heir to the promise made to his father, so are we who are in Christ. (Gal. 4:28).
After God becomes your shield, He takes over your righteousness. Righteousness runs on credit. Abraham believed and it was credited to him as righteousness. Righteousness is credited to Abram for standing in faith, although he had a faltering flawed faith. God rewards based on our righteousness. Because we cannot become righteous by ourselves, God imputes His own righteousness to us through Jesus Christ. Grace changes the merit based system to a system of divine prerogative based on God’s appreciation of what the Word would accomplish in us. To maintain your righteousness, watch your thoughts and live above reproach; watch your fruit and persistently pursue after righteousness.
The Lord Himself is our exceedingly great reward. God’s reward system is not merit based. He promises to reward the righteous and will reward for every single thing you do. He will suspend His own laws of process for your sake. When grace is at work all laws of nature are suspended. To the righteous, God promises eternal life. He assures that your needs will be supplied, your light will shine and that you’re never forsaken; you will be delivered from all affliction.