"To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice."
Proverbs 21:3 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: King Solomon (the author of Proverbs) seems to give a little more direction on 1 Samuel 15:22 where Samuel tells God’s people "Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice…" Perhaps King Solomon was thinking that "obey" might have needed more action to what Samuel was saying. Besides, obedience can be subjective, depending on those around us. Solomon, considered more wise than his father, King David, levels up and gives the term "obedience" some bones. Righteousness (right living) and justice (morally right and impartial) helps us to understand God’s heart and will for us. We are to live right, according to God’s instruction and treat others without partiality. You see, that is the way God treats us. He loves us unconditionally and without reservation and also holds out hope for us, no matter what we are going through or if we are even seeking Him or not. Should we not approach the rest of the world with this type of radical righteousness? How else will the world begin to understand the love of God and the saving work of Jesus on the cross if they can’t see it in His children? What changes in our behavior and attitudes towards others need to happen for the world to see God’s love? How are we surrendering to the will and presence of God in our lives in order for Him to make those changes in us? In what ways are we making room at the foot of the cross for those who are looking to fill the God-shaped void in their lives?
Prayer for today: Today, I am praying that we truly desire to live rightly according to God’s word. That we would let the love that we receive from God overflow to those around us so they are able to see His light in us. I pray that through our lives, the hope and love of God will be seen so that the kingdom of Heaven will be revealed to all of those God has created.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…