Scripture – “This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness – Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 23:6).”
Denial – “Unrighteousness is not a part of my thoughts, word or actions.”
Affirmation – “I AM righteous.”
The prophets of the Old Testament were often God’s oracles to call people to pay attention to their ways. Jeremiah, who is known as the weeping prophet, called God, Jehovah Tsidkenu – Lord our righteousness. He knew that through right relationship with God, people could make the right and perfect decisions and wise choices for their lives. Isaiah, the eagle-eyed prophet, spoke out against self-righteous and he called it filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). He knew that attempting to be righteous through human effort apart from relationship with God was an exercise in futility.
I AM that I AM is righteousness and we are righteous. Righteous does not mean that we always dot every I or cross every T. Righteous means that we are in right relationship with God through our spiritual practices of prayer, meditation, fasting, releasing, reading, studying, praise, worship, stewardship of our time, talents and treasure, fellowshipping with positive people and sharing our testimonies.
Through right-relationship with God we are empowered to make right decisions and to have right perspective, right thoughts, right words, right actions, right reactions and right feelings thus making us righteous. Jesus, the Christ, is our Wayshower and he was righteous. He demonstrated for us how to be righteous. When we follow his example, we too are the righteousness of God (II Corinthians 5:21).
Reflection Question – Are you comfortable describing yourself as righteous? Why or why not?