April 14, 2019

Righteous Resolve

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 14, 2019

The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.  Proverbs 10:30

Resolve is the result of righteous living. There is a determination deep within a soul dependent on God. When you are established in the faith, no one can remove you from Christ’s call. He has appointed you to this post of service. Do not leave until the Lord reassigns you. Righteous resolve decides to stay put; so by faith, keep on for Christ.

It probably means you disappoint some and invigorate others. However, if your goal is to first trust and obey the Lord, you will be misunderstood by some and rejected by others. Friends may even urge you to move on, but you cannot because Christ has not released you. Your resolve is His resolve. Therefore, you persevere through pain, suffering and uncertainty. Righteous resolve remains, regardless of the consequences, good or bad.

“For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power” (Philippians 4:13, The Living Bible).

There is a righteous resolve that remains in Christ (see John 15:5). Your conversion to Christianity was a resolution to abide under the influence of Almighty God. You stay true to your commitment to Christ because of the joy that comes from following Jesus. The “meek inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5), while the wicked don’t.

You cannot lose what you give away, and you cannot keep what you will not release. Indeed, a righteous resolve has a relentless trust in the Lord. Obedience, generosity and contentment all require tenacious trust. Therefore, resolve in your heart to go hard after God. Release your relentless pursuits, only after He has released you. Perhaps you ask, “Is my resolve righteous, or is it contingent on circumstances?”

The Bible says, “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord” (2 Chronicles 20:3).

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me Your resolve to do the next right thing, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Application

Where do I need a righteous resolve to remain true to my commitment and calling?


Related Reading

Psalm 15:5; Daniel 1:8; Romans 8:35-39; 1 Corinthians 2:2

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