“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.
The prophet Jeremiah began his ministry halfway through the reign of King Josiah, and continued throughout the reigns of four other kings. In 586 B.C., the Babylonians rolled in and took Jerusalem captive. It was a bleak time, but as we see in today’s passage better days were on the way.
Through Jeremiah, God promised that he would raise up a King—the coming Messiah. Unlike many kings of Judah and Israel, this King would reign with wisdom and his actions would be “just and right.” He would provide safety and security for God’s people. In fact, his name is: The Lord is our Righteousness.
Righteousness is the doctrine that God always acts in accordance with what is right and that he himself is the final standard of what is right. Think about it. No action of God can ever be wrong or even slightly wrong. He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t need an eraser or a delete function. From our standpoint it may seem like the uninvited challenges in our lives are errors. But all God does is right. He is not wasting your time.
Father, life can be full of challenges. When things come into our lives, we question and wonder if just maybe you took your eye off of us. Forgive us for the thought. Thank you for your righteousness. You always do what is right. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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