In this passage, the phrase, “…anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him,” is catching my attention today. It seems to me that much of human strife and division comes as a response to the question of what is right. For some, what is right is anything that falls within the strict boundaries of a person’s own belief, lifestyle, and personal style of expression. Others might be open to the idea that there is “right-ness” to be found in alternate belief systems, lifestyles, and expressions. Those who fall into the first category may view those in the second as wishy-washy or they may accuse the second group of having a “watered-down” faith. Conversely, those in the second category may think of the first group as being rigid, judgmental, or set in their ways.
Where do you find yourself? How can we appreciate those who land in a different place along the spectrum? How do scriptures such as these help in determining what is right? To what degree does Jesus’ command to love God, neighbor, and self, inform the way you decide what is right?
Today, think of a decision you need to make – maybe it is trivial or maybe it is monumental. In prayer, ask for God to inspire your decision towards what is best for you and for anyone affected by it.