The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
How does the gymnast on the balance beam keep her balance? For one thing she keeps her head straight and eyes focused. To stay on the straight path, we must keep our head straight, following the righteous laws and commands of Scripture. Such laws steady us and keep us on the right track.
Even so, the very laws and commands of Scripture can be unnerving if we depend upon them to make us blameless. Indeed, they expose our wickedness. Whereas, we may have walked confidently in our illusion of self-righteousness, they unsettle us and tip us off the beam.
Our help, then, is found in Christ, our Righteousness. Stay focused on him. Keep your eyes upon him, upon the work he has already done for you in laying the path and placing you on it. Look to him now as he intercedes for you, as his Spirit steadies you. Look to the final destination where he will stand ready to bring you into glory. The wicked have only their own wits to help them navigate a treacherous world. The righteous have Christ, the Son of God, who is Lord over all to take them through the dangers of this world and bring them safely to glory. Keep focused.
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