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Consider Your Righteous and Wicked Self


BlogFam - It is a cold day here in Memphis.  It is cold and icy and snowing and I am grateful for the warmth of my home.  My sister and I actually mentioned how much our hearts go out to people who do not have a place to live or heat to make their home more comfortable in these freezing temperatures.  I hope that you will whisper a prayer for them at this time and if you are in a position to support someone in this season with a coat or a sweater or a place to stay, please do...

Now to our reflection for today...

We are still in Isaiah.  Isaiah 3:10-11...
Tell the righteous that it will go well for them,
for they will eat the fruit of their labor.
Woe to the wicked—it will go badly for them,
for what they have done will be done to them.

I think these verses are pretty straightforward, don't you?
I grew up hearing the wisdom saying of Christ expressing that you will reap what you sow drawn from the parable of sowing and reaping.  We tend to speak those words quickly about the actions of others that might be mean-spirited or our own actions when we are so sweet and kind.  We focus on the good of ourselves and the not so good of others when we pull out this sowing and reaping formula.  It just seems to work better that way when we use our own self-delineated parameters for this convenient expression and explanation for why certain things are happening in our lives and in the lives of those around us.  I mean, come on.  We all know that we will reap good because we sow good but it is the other people - whomever fits the bill at the time - who will reap the bad stuff.
[Sarcasm totally intended]

Well my friends, again Isaiah's words are truth for today and I wonder how much better our life choices and daily decisions would be if we kept in mind these words about the righteous and the wicked...
Tell the righteous that it will go well for them,
for they will eat the fruit of their labor.
Woe to the wicked—it will go badly for them,
for what they have done will be done to them.

Again, I think these verses are pretty straightforward, don't you?
A happy word for the righteous.
A harsh word for the wicked.

And of course, all of us will most readily identify with the righteous rewards of verse 10 and the wickedness in verse 11, well, not so much.  But the truth is that we are all growing to become better day by day and actually "all" is probably way too inclusive of a term in this conversation.  "All" of us are not seeking to live righteous lives.  There are some for whom wickedness is their daily bread.  And even those of us who are striving to live righteously, we are still struggling with the wickedness that lurks in our thoughts... the kind of wickedness summarized as the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  We are all struggling and we would do well to consider our righteous and our wicked selves.  Actually, we would do better if we would SURRENDER our righteous and our wicked selves.

Don't just consider who you are when people are not looking.  But surrender your private and your public witness to the Lord!  I want the rewards of righteous living to be real in your life.  I want life and the issues of life to go well for you.  I want you to eat the sweet fruit of your labor.  I want good things to happen for you and through you.

However, I know we all get caught up and compromise our righteousness for wickedness - even if only in judgment of others. I mean, let's keep it real!  None of us wants to even remotely consider that we could ever be wicked - and if we knew that about ourselves, why in the world would we admit it?  Why would we admit it and then face the truth about our personal predicaments that there are some things happening that we got our own selves into.  There are some things that are happening that are a harvest of seeds of wickedness that we sowed at some point along the journey.  And that is true, at some point for "all" of us.  But there is HOPE!

We can sow better seeds.
We can reap better harvests.
We can live righteous lives.
We can deny our wicked thoughts.

So, BlogFam, I pray that in your life's choices and in your daily decisions you would consider and then surrender yourself to the Lord and I pray that you will chose to live that righteous life!

Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
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