I Want to Be Godly
"The godly are showered with blessings." Proverbs 10:6a (NLT)
At first glance of our key verse, I disqualify myself from receiving blessings because of the word godly. I want to be godly, but have less-than-perfect church attendance, have ignored the plight of the needy, and have put other gods in front of the One True God. Yes, according to my definition of godly, I am not qualified to be showered with God’s blessings.
Godly, as used in our key verse, is the Hebrew word tsaddiyq (tsad-deek’), meaning righteous, as justified and vindicated by God. Our right to receive blessings is determined by God’s declaration, not our deeds. God sent His Son so that you and I could be made right with Him. Made right … made righteous.
Did you notice what blessings come to the godly?
- Their hopes will be granted
- Their foundation will last
- Their hopes will result in happiness
- They will not be disturbed.
- Their mouths give wise advice
- Their lips speak helpful words
Every day I wake up, I ask the Lord to help me be godly. That might mean being patient with my kids, not yelling at my husband, taking my mom to the doctor, serving at my local soup kitchen, or spending time praying quietly with the Lord. However God calls you to be godly, remember … if you fail, that doesn’t disqualify you from His blessings. Simply ask for forgiveness and a willing heart to keep growing more and more like Him. As you do, keep an eye out for fulfilled hopes, peace, and wisdom!
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