“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7 (Amplified Bible)
King David was one great example of a man after God’s own heart. He was a fighter. He was resilient. He was outstandingly handsome and robust. He was everything; I mean the clear example of what masculine is all about. Biblical Joseph, the dreamer, is another. Out of nowhere and because of his wisdom he became the best help for Pharaoh and Egypt.
What about Jacob, the father of Joseph? What about Abraham? What about Hannah, the mother of prophet Samuel? What about Elijah, the prophet? What about those virtuous men and women of God who stood out among others?
These people had one thing in common – they did not toyed with their righteousness.
A man is free to live his life as he wants. He has the rights to wake up or to go back to bed. He has the power to do and undo. He has the audacity to put things in places and to retrieve those things. However there are the laws, the physical laws that the societal authorities implemented. Thus a man, though he has the freewill to life, cannot go above these laws. If a man does not work, he will not be able to earn his living. He will be impoverished. If a man kills, he will be killed in return or jailed for life. If a man thinks he can fly over the roof to cause disturbances, there are the police who will come to arrest him.
So when as Christians we are living in such society as ours, we need not forget that we have the mission to always check out ourselves. Where is our righteousness? Have we dumped it in the dustbin? Are we living really for God or for our selfish means? Think of Abraham and Lot. If not for Abraham, God would have wiped out Sodom and Gomorrah without looking back. The Lord remembered Lot and did not destroy him along with the rest of the sinners in city.
It was not as if this men and women of God were 100% perfect. No! They had their personal weaknesses. David lusted after Bathsheba and paid for this, dearly. Samuel’s two sons were just as bad as Eli’s two sons. Jacob (also known as Israel) was a cheat who deceived his brother Esau. Peter denied Jesus Christ thrice. Apostle Paul (formerly known as Saul) hated the gospel with passion until the Lord trapped him. Remember Jonah who fled from God and spent days inside the belly of a giant fish. Think of Solomon who was incapable of distinguishing his relationship with God from his many idols-worshipping women and thus ended up sinning against God.
You can see that these people were just like you and I. However they did not turned away completely from God. They sinned. They acknowledged. They begged for forgiveness. They endured their punishments with humility. They were forgiven. And they stayed with God. As result of their commitment, God lifted them up. He fought for them. He made them powerful and raised them above their enemies. It got to a point in King Solomon’s life that he did not go out to war anymore because God gave him peace from his enemies. Even Abraham lived and ended his life without any chaos. Hannah got the chance she’d longed for when she gave birth to Prophet Samuel and many children afterward. Her rival at home no longer had the gut to mock her. Joseph’s brothers ended up making peace with him. In spite of his turbulent situations with King Saul, David, finally had peace and became the best king ever in biblical history.
Where is God? Is He still having the best place in your life? Have you pushed Him aside and hidden somewhere where you don’t have to think about Him? Are your ways pleasing to God because if they are, then you need not worry about who is against you or who is with you. Examine your life. Cross-examine your actions. Rethink if you must. You may have concluded you’re without sin until you sit down and have a thorough look at the way you’re living at the moment.
If you are genuine about your relationship with God, He will lift you up. He will take you higher than your wildest dreams. He will give you a new song of happiness that you have been battling to earn. He will make your adversaries to assist you in all your endeavours. It is your duty to maintain your righteousness; it is God’s duty to prove His greatness to you.