How easy it is for me to think that I am right. I enjoy the feeling. It props up the false notion that I am great and even better than others. From where does this attitude come? My fallen, broken heart.
The idea of being right comes from the belief that human reason can lead to perfect laws, mercy, and justice. Yet human reason is flawed. Without an anchor in Truth and Authority almost any thought process or action can seem right.
Joseph (Matthew 1:19) gives me the perfect example of how to navigate away from seeking to be right and toward seeking to be righteous. Jewish law would have given him the right to have Mary stoned. As a kind man, he “had in mind” to quietly divorce Mary.
But when God spoke to him in a dream he responded with obedience and married her. He did not follow the Jewish law which would have been the “right” thing to do. He chose the righteous way.
When I face a life situation I can respond with what I think is right or even what I am told is right. When I listen to God I can choose righteousness like Joseph.
Will you join me in seeking righteousness this week?