By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
We all seek peace, but where do we look for it? The Bible says we will find peace in the work of righteousness.
Isaiah 32:17-18 (NKJV): "The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever." My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
What type of a life does a righteous person live? We can see in the above verse that they live a quiet and humble life. There is also the need for us to devote our entire life to Christ. Because of sin being introduced into the world, we are no longer able to be righteous on our own. Our flesh is weak, easily corrupted, and our transgressions separate us from God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 (ESV): Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
If we want to be righteous, we need to live a life focused on learning and spreading the word of God. When we devote our life to Christ, we will give Him all the glory for our accomplishments. Whether those achievements are at work, at home, or helping someone in need; the glory goes to God. It is because of our faith that we feel compelled to live righteously. We know that Jesus is going to come for those who love Him and keep His commandments.
1 Peter 2:5 (ESV): You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Devoting our life to serving the Lord and understanding His word is grooming us to be holy. Our works and efforts are spiritual offerings to the Lord in an effort to give thanks for Him giving His son for our sins. That is why quietness is a trait of the righteous; they know that without Jesus’ sacrifice they would be condemned with the rest of humanity. The promise of receiving a reward on the Last Day is a blessed assurance those who live for Christ will enjoy. Be patient in all interactions, knowing the reward the righteous receive.