Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”
What makes a man good?
His actions? His accomplishments? His character or charisma? It is the position or power he achieves? Is it the influence he holds? Is it the success or failure as a husband, a father, a coworker, or a friend?
As a Christian, is it the ability to preach, to pastor, to teach or lead souls to Christ?
What makes a man good?
Let’s let the Word of God tell us:
Psalm 112:5 “A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.”
Proverbs 12:2 “A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.”
Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”
Matthew 12:35 “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”
It makes me think where this goodness comes from when I read:
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Again, I realize that God admonishes me:
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
My goodness starts with a a clean heart, and a right heart before God. That is left up to me to tend. So then, I realize that I have some responsibility as to the goodness others see in me.
Many of us have allowed our failures and the accusations of our enemy to build a case for mediocrity or worse; apathy.
“I am just a failure.”
That statement comes when we begin to believe the lies of our enemy. It is as if he whips us with a shred of truth and our agreement with him literally takes that whip out of his hands and we begin to beat ourselves with it.
So many of us are stopped at this point in our lives. Our failures build a case that seems iron-clad as to why we cannot be a witness, quit our addiction, or take steps to do what we know God has asked us to do. We forget the words we are given:
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
“I’m not talented enough… I can’t do it like others can”.
We find just a few verses later:
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
I have come to realize that any goodness one might see in me comes from God working, living, and speaking through me. People say take some of the credit… I guess the only ‘credit’ I claim can be that I submitted and obeyed the Holy Spirit in me.
Having my heart right before God AND man is elemental. Without it, I cannot begin to live as God would have me because in my flesh, I will reach a point at which I will fail.
Many have quit because they compare themselves with where they think they ought to be, or with others who are much further down the road than they have traveled. The devil gets us to look far beyond where our Heavenly Father asks us to look. All I need do is worry about today.
Psalm 37:7 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
I will leave you with this thought:
Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”