What are we to do now that we are saved, declared righteous and just? Is there a benefit to be declared righteous and given a new start, a new life? Are we to live as the world does being consumers instead of sowers, receivers instead of givers? What is our opportunity as being the redeemed? It is easy to put life into different compartments and separate the life of the Christian and the life of a Western inhabitant. The Bible I think is very clear that now that we are redeemed we have a path – the path of the just. Please consider what the following has to say concerning this path.
Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, emphasis added)
God weighs the path of the just, and the just wait upon Him with hope.
The way of the just is uprightness; O most Upright, You weigh the path of the just. (Isaiah 26:7, NKJV)
Isaiah 26 is a song of salvation and in the legal sense only the just can receive salvation. Though there is a heavy message of judgment in the book of Isaiah, but there is also the hope of salvation in the form of a Deliverer. Jesus became our Deliverer and now as the redeemed of the Lamb of God we become justified by grace through faith through His finished work on the cross of Calvary. Now that we are just (declared righteous) we are to follow the path that the just should take. Our journey, our life, our choices should be the ones that naturally follow the path of the just. If we claim to be part of the just we should be living as being part of the just.
The way of the just is uprightness. The path God places us is uprightness and only He can put us upon the path for He is the Most Upright. Uprightness in this passage in the Hebrew means evenness, straightness, and smooth. That describes the path of the just. We can be assured that this path is what is best for us; a path that God will use to accomplish His perfect will in our lives. I desire God’s will because it is best for me and the world has only weak substitutes to the perfect will of God. I only have to choose the path of the just and He does the rest through the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. Simple choices lead to a life of victory, a life of God’s direction down the path of the just. If the way of the just is uprightness, we will be secure in knowing that the Lord will weigh our path positively. To weigh in the Hebrew is to ponder and consider. The Lord has a plan for us and He thinks or ponders about that plan and puts us on the path accordingly. Weigh can also mean to roll flat in the Hebrew, which tells us that God wants to make our path easy to stay on.
We have been learning that waiting on the Lord is one of many things we do to stay upon the path along with learning His Word and staying in fellowship with like-minded believers. These are choices we can make each and every day. The bottom line is God desires for us to be in the midst of the righteous path. We have been declared by the blood of the Lamb to be righteous, just, not of our own doing, but by the blood of the King of all Glory for the Scripture speaks,
But now apart from the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26, NASB)
The person who waits on God with great hope recognizes that to be declared just is done by the work of Christ. Man does not receive the judgment of being declared just on his own merits; it is all the work of God. When the man waits on God recognizes how hopeless he is on his own he accepts the free gift of grace offered by the loving Deliverer and by faith in Christ alone he becomes just. Then he can be assured to be on the correct path – the path of the just. To stay on this path is easy: just continually submit to the Holy Spirit and His will, and do no not force your will upon the Lord your God.
Staying on the course of the just may seem difficult at times. The storms of life are real, but the promises of God can be counted on. It is only difficult when we think we can handle the storm ourselves and we leave the path of the just when we want control. We do not know better. Trust in Him Who knows the big picture and has your best interests at heart. In prayer commit yourself to the course of the just. Rely upon the One who weighs our paths and knows what is best for us. Wait on God with hope.