What Are You Wearing?

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15.29

I’m not sure how this fits with your understanding of God, because we know that God is omnipresent. But I believe that Solomon is speaking about relationships here and not the proximity of God to this world and its inhabitants.

How is the Lord far from the wicked? Since God is just and His justice does not permit Him to abide in the presence of sin, He is far from the wicked. They have either refused to receive Christ’s payment for their sin, or they have not yet heard that God has a son named Jesus and He died to pay for their sins.

This takes us to the next phrase in this verse: “ … he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” How does a sinner become righteous? We must first acknowledge our own Unrighteousness. Then we must come to understand that the Eternally Righteous One wants to clothe me in His righteousness. In 2 Corinthians 5.20-21 we find these words: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

In being reconciled to God, we have acknowledged our sin, recognized Christ’s death as payment for our sin, and said “Yes” to Christ as the only substitute for sin. There is NO OTHER person, church, or religious experience that can be substituted for this payment for sin. It really is that simple.

When I was “… made the righteousness of God in him”, I was immediately clothed in the righteousness of Christ. So when Solomon says, “he hears the prayer of the righteous,” that includes me, and you if you are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. This is a simple truth with profound results when we come to understand it. Just my thoughts …

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s