For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17 ESV
I’m late getting my blog post up today. I’ve failed to keep my overly full schedule in line – again. But my repetitive failure to be perfect is so beautifully addressed in today’s verse.
The righteous shall live by faith.
The righteous shall not live by faultlessly executed schedules. They shall not live by writing and leading mesmerizing Bible studies. They shall not live by heading up the women’s ministry at church, teaching Sunday School, and singing lovely solos on the platform.
Nor shall they live by mothering without annoyance, raising perfect, Bible-reading, respectful children. They shall not live by tirelessly supporting, respecting and never fighting with their husbands.
And the righteous shall not live by achieving the highest awards in their workplaces. They shall not live by becoming perfect bosses and stellar employees. They shall not live by winning the big contracts and wowing their clients.
The righteous shall not live perfectly inside their own heads, either. They shall not live by ridding themselves of every catty thought and every angry reaction.
No. The righteous shall live by faith. Faith in the one who keeps His schedule perfectly and inspired the Bible, who created the women in the Women’s Ministry at our churches. They shall live by faith in the One about whom solos are sung.
The righteous shall live by faith in the only Child who was ever perfect, the holy Husband of the Church.
And they shall live by faith in the One who instead of being awarded for His work, was mocked and crucified for it. Their faith is in the One who did not stay dead, but rose again, accomplishing the greatest Work in the universe.
The righteous shall live by faith in Him who thinks perfect thoughts. Every moment. Of every day. For eternity.
Praise God, in Whom my faith rests. Praise Him who gave His own righteousness to those of who were not.