By: Tim Sader
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.
In Christ our burden should be easy and if we follow after Him we will be preserved when trouble comes. The rewards of being righteous cannot be measured. One act of righteousness is enough to preserve us from death. Abraham asked the Lord if He would spare Sodom and Gomorrah for only ten righteous. There wasn’t but God allowed Lot and his family escape when they obeyed the angels and because he was Abraham’s kin. Past acts of righteousness can help God deal positively with future issues we helped influence. Three simple steps will help us be on our way to righteousness. First Loving God and His precepts will help Him deal with us in love. Next we should keep from speaking evil because it brings ruin to our lives. Lastly our righteousness is only found in Christ if we believe in Him. By doing these things we will be made righteous and stay that way. There may not be nine other righteous standing with us but when we choose the path of righteousness we will be preserved when the wrath of God is necessary. Those of us who will be humble enough to submit to God will follow His commands and be righteous so we will be sheltered from the day of His anger. Seeking the Lord will keep us away from experiencing His wrath. We can find shelter in our righteousness because if we are right with Him we are on the right track.
We already know the righteous will be preserved from impending destruction. Well the wicked receive wrath when they remain evil. What the righteous chooses to do ends up being good. This is not so for the wicked because their only hope is wrath (Proverbs 11:23). God is not easily angered and for the most part we punish ourselves but there are reasons His wrath comes upon us; often as a last resort for our wickedness. Being stubborn and not repenting for our wrongs is storing up wrath for us in the end of days (Romans 2:5). By only being worried about ourselves and rejecting the truth to follow evil will anger the Lord and bring His wrath (Romans 2:8). Being easily deceived by empty words brings His wrath because they cause us to be disobedient to Him (Ephesians 5:6). Empty words can get us into all kinds of trouble because people in the world feel no need to obey God. They will convince us of anything that is un-godly. The number one reason we experience the wrath of God is by denying Christ His son from being our Lord and savior. Whoever believes in the Son of God and follows Him has eternal life (John 3:36). Christ takes away the guilt of our sin. So if we are seeking life with Him we will not enter into His wrath. God has not destined any of us to receive wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9). It is a choice we make to remain in our sin, because of our stubbornness, disobedience and being led astray by what is meaningless. His wrath is a terrible thing but it is completely avoidable if we seek truth, righteousness and let Christ change us from the inside out. Salvation in Christ is our destiny if we choose Him we will have a good ending.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16