Have you ever seen those memes that list funny reasons why a toddler is crying? Examples include not letting them eat a battery, not letting them touch a lit candle, not letting them drive a car, or not letting them play in a cat’s litter box. It seems reasonable to stop a toddler from doing these things, but little ones don’t understand. It’s amusing because what they want is so ridiculous and obviously not good for them!
I wonder sometimes if that is how we look to God. When we are trying to figure out what is going on around us in our world today, where do we start in our thought process? Do we start with our opinion, or do we start with God’s Word? Are we trusting a more childlike perspective (our limited human knowledge), or are we going to the parent (God’s infinite wisdom)?
This week, we are talking about God’s righteousness. Do we really act like we believe in God’s righteousness? Believing God is righteous means we believe He is right—every time. It means we lay our opinions aside and go first to His Word to inform our decision-making.
That may sound “unfair,” but we have to remember, we are not on equal footing with God. Just like adults and children are not on equal footing. God’s righteousness and wisdom are part of what makes Him God. In order to see reality clearly, we have to put ourselves in our proper place. Growing in your relationship with the Lord will require you to see yourself as someone who needs a righteous savior and not as someone who can achieve righteousness on their own.
Pray and ask God to reveal to you areas where you have allowed your opinion to supersede God’s Word. Take some time to find out what God’s Word has to say.