Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 19
Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.
I just had a great conversation with a strong sister in Christ who is studying the “Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer, and we discussed the relationship between God’s faithfulness and righteousness.
We know what the definition of faithfulness is, let’s look at the definition of righteousness.
“implies that a person’s actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been “judged” or “reckoned” as leading a life that is pleasing to God.”
So righteousness is living a life that is pleasing to God.
To understand God’s righteousness you must first understand God’s faithfulness.
Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
We know that faithfulness stems from trust and trust comes from love, so it makes sense that they meet together (fuse as one) but here we see that righteous and peace go together also.
Righteousness as living a faith-filled life and peace being what you experience as a result of living from faith.
Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.
Faithfulness from the earth is the faithfulness to God from His people.
We give God our faithfulness and He gives us His righteousness.
Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
Our right living is what prepares the way for God to enter our hearts. We become righteous through faithfulness and this is what gives us peace.
Although, it is isn’t really that we are “given peace” we more so create or “tap into” the peace that God has instilled in us already.
There are two ways to capture the peace that God gives us through righteousness and faithfulness.
Consider this example:
As some of you may know, I made the decision a few months ago that I would not be teaching anymore starting January 2017. I made a pro vs. con list, but what helped me make the decision was prayer and wise counsel. The goal of me not teaching part time (online and in-person) is to have more time to devote my coaching ministry, which involves coaching more and writing more (although this #write31days challenge is really helping me with that).
When I prayed about the situation, I asked for peace that would lead me in the right direction, and in order to receive that peace I was intentional in prayer and in my daily living. Peace can’t come without prayer and we don’t pray for peace unless we KNOW that God is faithful.
Why is it though that we only pray for peace when we are in the midst of a difficult circumstance or the process of making a major decision?
Can we not receive peace daily from the faithfulness we show and the righteousness we receive?
YES WE CAN!
The peace we have that “transcends all understanding” is peace we can experience everyday through right living and faithfulness.
The message version of this passage really puts it in perspective:
Love and Truth meet in the street,
Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss!
Truth sprouts green from the ground,
Right Living pours down from the skies!
Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty;
our land responds with Bounty and Blessing.
Right Living strides out before him,
and clears a path for his passage.
Living in right standing with God makes a way for God to move. Today’s challenge is to consider when is the last time you prayed for His peace? When is the last time that you were intentional in your faithfulness to God, even in the midst of a struggle?
The peace we think we need is really just us tapping into the peace we already have through the power of the holy spirit.
So today I challenge you to tap into the peace you already have through Christ in your daily life, I think you will be surprised how prayer and intention will activate His peace that He has already placed deep within you.
As always, please comment below, I would love to discuss God’s faithfulness righteousness and peace with you, blessings sweet friends!