The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Righteousness
If You Want It, You Can Have It
He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
Whatever you seek in life, you tend to find. It may be sexual pleasure or financial gain or personal happiness. Or it may be something higher and better. In this case Solomon tells us that if we want life, prosperity, and honor (and who doesn’t?), we can have it. But you don’t receive those things by seeking after them. Seek righteousness! And everything else you desire will be added to you. If that reminds you of Matthew 6:33, it should. This is the Old Testament version of that famous verse.
The tragedy of our time is that so many people are wasting their lives chasing after three things that can never satisfy-money, sex, and power. We want money, so we sacrifice our families to get it. We want sex, so we sacrifice our morals to get it. We want power, so we sacrifice our friends to get it.
If you want righteousness, you can have it. Let me go out on a limb and make a bold statement. Whatever you want in the spiritual realm, you can have if you want it badly enough.
- If you want it, you can have a close walk with God.
- If you want it, you can have a better marriage.
- If you want to, you can do God’s will.
- If you want to, you can grow spiritually.
- If you want to, you can become a man of God or a woman of God.
- If you want to, you can change deeply ingrained habits.
- If you want to, you can break destructive patterns of behavior.
There is a “God-shaped vacuum” inside every human heart. Since nature abhors a vacuum, if we don’t fill it with God, we will fill it with something else. So many of us have filled our hearts with the junk food of the world. No wonder we are so unhappy. No wonder we jump from one job to another and from one relationship to another.
We’re like little children who won’t let go of the marble in order to receive a diamond. “No, I won’t give up my weekend affair for eternal joy.” “Trade a broken marriage and a failed career for peace and forgiveness? Forget it!” “Give up my drug addiction and be forgiven for all my sins? No way, man.” “You say I can replace my anger and bitterness with peace and contentment? I can’t take the chance. Sorry.”
No wonder we stay the way we are. We’re trapped in the pit of a thousand excuses. We’d rather have misery and pain than risk it all on Jesus.
Sixteen hundred years ago Saint Augustine explained both the problem and the solution: “O God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.” You will never be happy until you put God first in your life. And you can never do that until you surrender your life to Jesus Christ once and for all.
In the kingdom of God everything begins with a seeking heart!
O God, I hunger and thirst to know You better. May I be less pleased with what I am that I may become all You want me to be. Amen.
Are you pursuing righteousness with all your heart? If the answer is no, what are you pursuing instead of righteousness?
Are you ready to risk it all on Jesus?
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