Righteousness in Perilous Times
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like
a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8 NIV
In a minefield, the enemy sets hidden traps.
You don’t see them, of course. The traps are cleverly buried underground, lying in wait for one wrong step. A meandering walk might kill you in a minefield.
Maybe that’s why You call us to live holy lives… To avoid the landmines by walking a straight path.
Your Word tells us to “put on righteousness” in battle.
Yet, Lord, I’m still learning about righteousness.
Righteousness is given to me by Christ to cover my heart like armor.
This is the righteousness that assures me of my salvation.
But there’s more, isn’t there?
There is something about righteousness that I’m just beginning to understand:
When You call me to put on righteousness, You are calling me to live a holy life.
You are calling me to walk a straight path.
You also tell me that I have an accuser. And he wants to bring me down.
Oh, he can’t keep me out of heaven— Jesus purchased that ticket! The enemy will never snatch me from Your hand.
But he is hungry to destroy.
He prowls ready to attack.
He pollutes the world with confusion.
He loves corruption. Can’t you feel it?
Given the chance, he’d steal my peace and joy. He’s waiting to call me out.
So why give him the chance?
Oh, I know, Lord, there’s sin in my life. I need your grace every day!
And your mercies? They are new each morning!
No, I’m not perfect, but this is what I desire: to press on to be all that Christ calls me to be.
To strive for more of your holiness in my life… especially in this battle! It’s a struggle that will only end the day I see Your face.
In this perilous time, show me the areas in my life that are vulnerable to sin.
Help me take my Christian walk seriously! Don’t let me meander my way through life risking attack.
Help me walk a straight path and avoid landmines that will maim my Christian walk.
Most of all, Lord, thank you for the righteousness of Jesus that completely covers my sin. He sets the model for all you call me to be.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6 NIV