True Righteousness is Honored

When I went out to the gate of the city, when I prepared my seat in the square,

the young men saw me and withdrew, and the aged rose and stood;

the princes refrained from talking
and laid their hand on their mouth;

the voice of the nobles was hushed,and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

When the ear heard, it called me blessed, and when the eye saw, it approved,

because I delivered the poor who cried for help,and the fatherless who had none to help him.

The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,

and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.

I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.

I was a father to the needy,and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.

I broke the fangs of the unrighteous
and made him drop his prey from his teeth.” Job 29:7-17.

Job went looking for good to do. He did not just do good when the opportunity came to him. His righteousness was not just a list of the things he did not do, like drink, smoke, and cuss. That would just make him an inconsequential prude; someone to mock.

But reaching out to the poor and defending the defenseless convicts the selfish and hard-hearted people who won’t lift a finger. Job made himself the hands and feet of God, going and helping on His behalf. He shared his blessings.

If all we do is polish our trophies, but won’t wash the feet of the dirty, we become like those Jesus called “white-washed tombs.” We become expert critics of bad behavior instead of coaches for the weak players.

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