Matthew 5:6 NLT
“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.”
Some of you may have heard this story before, but for the sake of this devotional, I’ll tell it again…
A father and his young son were driving through the countryside on a bright sunny day back before seat belts existed. The boy kept standing up on the back seat with his hands on the front seat headrest. Now the father, being a sensible man, told his son several times to be seated because of the dangers. But, again and again, the young boy stood up.
Finally, after having enough of his son’s disobedience, the father yelled, “Sit down and stay seated or I will pull this car over and tan your hide!” The boy sat down, slowly crossed his arms, and said through nearly clenched teeth, “I may be physically sitting down, but I’m still standing up on the inside!”
Are we obedient doing what’s right even when we don’t feel like it?
The dictionary defines righteousness as the quality of being morally right or justifiable. So, yes we can possess the blessed quality of righteousness by our obedience in doing what’s right just because it is right, and justify ourselves accordingly through our actions. That may fulfill the definition of righteousness, but I believe God is asking for more from us than doing what’s right with crossed arms and clenched teeth.
The truly blessed perform righteous acts from a want-to attitude not a have-to attitude. They do what’s right because they want to please our Heavenly Father, love our neighbor, and make the world a better place, not because they feel obligated.
Do what is required of you. Be obedient even when you don’t feel like it. God requires that of his children, “And this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:6-8 NLT. That’s the bare minimum. You pass. “C”s get degrees, right?
Don’t stop with what is required, though! if you want to experience the true blessing of this Be-attitude, go the extra mile and learn to want-to be obedient. Find joy in righteousness. You’ll be blessed you did.
~ John Bundy