BLAMELESS BEFORE GOD
Psalm 37:18-20 says, "The blameless spend their days under the Lord's care, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster, they will not wither; in days of famine, they will enjoy plenty. But the wicked will perish: Though the Lord's enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke." The word "blameless" in these verses means "innocent" or "righteous" before God. In the Old Testament period, people were blameless because they believed in God. Abraham was not a perfect man. He lied about his wife when he was fearing for his life (Genesis 20:1-16). However, because he believed in God, God declared him righteous or innocent despite the sins that he committed (Galatians 3:6). In the New Testament period, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He paid the penalty for our sins with His own blood.
Similarly, God declared us blameless, innocent, or righteous because of our faith in Him. Our righteousness is based on what Jesus has done on the cross. And those who believe in Him become God's children forever. We have a relationship with God because He accepted, not through our good works but through what Jesus has done for us. Since we now belong to God, He promised us that He will take care of us forever. In times of disaster, setback, or tragedy, God will take care of us. He will never leave or forsake us. He will embrace and protect us with His loving arms. But not so with the wicked. Because the wicked rejected God and loved their own sinful ways, they will perish with their sins without hope.
In this Thanksgiving week, let us thank our Lord Jesus for what He has done for us. We are blameless before our Heavenly Father because Jesus washed away our sins with His own blood that He shed on the cross.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully and meditate on the questions while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speak to you). How can I be blameless before God? What did Jesus do to make me blameless? How do I express my appreciation for what Jesus has done in my life?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins so that I can be blameless before you by believing in Him. My good works are not enough to make me blameless. Thank you for declaring me righteous before you. In your name, Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen.