What is this you have done? is a question that is all too familiar to us. It is often a reflection of disappointment or disbelief about our actions. Rev Wanje enumerated this question’s revelation, the invitation thereof, and its challenge & answer. The Lord is not condemning us, but invites us to know and live out His righteousness.
The righteousness that Rev Wanje spoke about can be illustrated in marriage. Take Laura, for instance. She is a wife and mother of two who has been working nonstop throughout the pandemic. Recently, her husband has secured a job (something they had prayed over for a long time) that now keeps him out of the home for 16 hours a day. They had to make some adjustments to accommodate these new developments.
Laura took on more duties around their home and did as much as she could after getting home from work. She became frustrated at her husband’s questioning why more things are not accomplished in a day than when he was home with the children. In essence, “What is this you have done?”
Rev Wanje cautioned us, “within us is a sinful nature…that does not delight in walking in righteousness.” Laura, in response to this perceived disapproval, retaliated with passive-aggressive behaviour, pettiness, meanness, silence, and withholding affection.
As she was reflecting one evening after a particularly hard day at work, she asked herself, “What have I done?” She did not know how to even start mending her relationship.
Many of us can think of an array of situations where we, too, ask ourselves the same question. Thankfully, there is hope for us all. God does not condemn us when we stray away; we should rest in His restorative righteousness and turn towards Him immediately.
- Read Romans 3:10, 23; Titus 2:11,12; I John 2:29; Romans 7:15
- Have you accepted God’s invitation into His righteousness? If not, accept His invitation and daily ask Him to guide you in your walk of righteousness.
Lord, help me look to You for my righteousness. May all my actions be as a service unto You for Your glory. Help me to serve those around me with joy and gladness. Amen.