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“The one who pursues rightesousness and love finds life, bounty, and honor.” (NET)
When you think about it, most movies and TV shows are about people in the proces of trying to find something. They are looking, asking, chasing, digging in order to find the thing that will bring the story to a close. As I read this verse this morning, the words “pursue” and “find” stuck out to me. They brought to mind the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” which my family and I recently re-watched. That movie is about a pursuit and a find.
But then I read the study note attached to the words “righteousness and love.” It reads as follows.
These two attributes depict the life style of the covenant-believer who is pleasing to God and a blessing to others. The first term means that he will do what is right, and the second means that he will be faithful to the covenant community.
To mix entertainment metaphores and references, everyone is in “hot pursuit” of something (Dukes of Hazard). Many of the things people are pursuing are good things. But are they the right things? Are they the best things? I see lots of Facebook and Twitter posts that are quotes of popular Christian teachers that tend to emphasize the “me” end of the things of God. What God’s power can do for me, the struggles and voctories in my life are for me, God wants good things for me, etc.
Make no mistake, God does indeed have a huge heart towards us. But this misses the point. According to the Psalmist, when we pursue righteousness, doing right for the Lord’s sake, and love, doing right for the sake of our covenant community, it is then that we find life, bounty, and honor. It reminds me of Jesus words in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God” (covenant community) “and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
What are you going to pursue with your life?