Righteousness Shining Like the Dawn
by Dr. David Lewis, Director of Christian Life
"In the land of Uz there
lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God
and shunned evil" Job 1:1.
At the very outset of the book of
Job, we are introduced to a man who is described as one who is
"righteous," who "reveres God," and who "shuns
evil." Job would fit the characterization of the Psalmist's admonition:
"Delight yourself in the Lord... Commit your way to the Lord... He will make
your righteousness shine like the dawn" (Psalm 37:4-6).
Righteous living is not a popular
notion in our modern age. Today's message is one of "compromise" and
"tolerance." The "shadow" is preferred to the
"light" because it will gather greater numbers into its "big
tent." Broadening the narrow road is humanity's attempt to manipulate
compassion. This distorted view of "love" fails to recognize the
deceitful ugliness of sin. God is thus relegated to a creation of man -- an idol
more palatable to man's own corrupt nature and inventions.
In order for our lives to be
authentically righteous we must first revere God -- recognizing Him truly, and
humbly submitting ourselves to His rightful divine authority. He is Lord and God,
the Perfect Embodiment of Righteousness. As He increases in our lives so will His
righteousness increase in us. As our hearts and minds are continually renewed by
His abiding presence we will begin to more fully recognize the cunning masquerades
of sin. Sin by its very nature is deceitful. It lures the unsuspecting with images
of grandeur, but its true heart is death. Righteousness does not co-exist with
sin. There is no "common ground" and therefore no room for
"compromise" or "tolerance."
One of our greatest needs today is
to rediscover the beauty of godly righteousness. At the same time, we must also
revive a disdain for sin. The description of Job offers hope. Job revered God,
lived righteously, and shunned evil. Can we likewise be described? Will our
righteousness shine like the dawn? God is glorified in righteousness. Will we
offer ourselves in worship to God by righteous living? I pray that this is the
intent of our hearts.