You may think; “What a strange question.” Yet, its answer is the portal to peace in your soul. So, think about it. How would you answer it? Do you do what is right? If you are like me, your honest answer would be; “Sometimes.”
God is constantly telling us to do what is right even though He knows it isn't easy. I've been reading in Leviticus for my devotions, and I am numbed by the number of times God almost nags Moses, Aaron/Priests, and the nation of Israel to do the right thing. All the laws that are listed in this book serve to keep the nation of Israel healthy, holy and in right relationship with God, the creation and each other. The laws are tedious from the required sacrifices, to diet, to sexuality; they outline very specific life choices the Israelites needed to follow. God made it very clear to those ancient people what doing what is right meant for them.
As I read in Leviticus, it stirs up profound gratefulness within my soul for what Jesus Christ did for me. Honestly, I don't know how I would get anything done if I had to bring a calf to be slaughtered and his blood sprinkled seven times on an altar each time I didn't do what is right. Where would I be if approaching the throne of God was not made possible for me through the once and for all time sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross? I am so blessed because Jesus Christ became that acceptable sacrifice for my vast sins. The fact that I am covered by Jesus’ sacrifice doesn't give me liberty to do what is wrong. In fact, it is
Jesus’ amazing love for me that motivates me to want to do what is right.
It's not that I don't know what to do. God's instructions are simple. They are plain, they are clear. I remember His words to Cain after Cain brought an unacceptable sacrifice to God. God spoke to Cain and said; “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (Gen. 4:6-7) Doing what is right offers many solutions to our problems in life. First of all it resolves our anger. It helps us enjoy the acceptance we were created for with God. It makes us powerful over the sin that is crouching at our door. If doing what is right has all these benefits, why do we only do what
is right sometimes?
The simple answer is, we think doing what we want is better than doing what is right. We come up with our own solutions to how to live this life and end up walking straight into the trap of sin. Rather than accept God's invitation to do what is right, Cain chose to follow the rationale of anger. After all, in Cain's mind Abel is the one who made him look bad in front of God. He didn't try to figure out why his offering was favorable to God. Instead he took the life of Abel, believing his problems would end. However, as Cain soon found out, killing Abel only multiplied the problems he faced.
What is God trying to tell you about doing what is right today? How are you trying to solve your problems your way, rather than God's way? What will you choose to do today with your life? Will you do what is right? Doing what is right before the Lord is the only way to peace in your soul.