Study Material: Isaiah 64:6
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
A relative of mine once told me that she is very close to Jesus in that she does not sin. She said that she does no wrong; and that unfortunately, she works with people who do wrong and make her look bad. I once told her that it is impossible. I told her that everybody sins. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rm 3:23).
Only God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is righteous in and of Himself. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I Jn 1:8-9). We are sinners born in sin through Adam and Eve, and it is only because of the righteousness of God that we can stand. God can only do what is right and just. We, on the other hand, we sin even when we do not want to. Paul said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do”.
The righteousness of God is probably the most important element of God’s character. God cannot sin; He cannot lie and He cannot be unholy. The best of people around you and the standards of righteousness that they claim to have cannot compare to the righteousness of God (v6). If we were to conduct a self-assessment of righteousness, all of us would fall short.
Homework: Thank the Lord for His righteousness. Ask Him for the grace to always look to Him. Look not to your colleagues or family. Look at the standard set by God.