Lift Them Up
“You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.
28 What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.
29 When people are brought low and you say, ‘Lift them up!’ then he will save the downcast.”
In this section of Chapter 22, Eliphaz is describing a righteous man who has submitted to God, and is at peace with Him, thereby bringing prosperity (verse 21). Someone who repents, turns back to the Almighty, and leaves wickedness behind, can look to God for their reward and treasure (verses 23-24).
We know we can never be righteous on our own merits or actions. But, as born again believers, the Bible says we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Although we can never achieve our own righteousness, we have the Holy Spirit who progressively sanctifies us so that we begin to live more and more in the righteousness of Christ.
Through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we have been given everything we need for a godly life through the very great and precious promises of God (2 Peter 1:3-4). In the righteousness of Christ, God hears our prayers, and empowers us to live a holy life.
In Christ, God’s grace and favor is applied through His Holy Spirit as we are enabled to make good decisions. Our prayers are effective, and we can intercede on someone’s behalf and expect God to answer our prayer, and to move on their behalf.
Give someone an encouraging word today, and intercede for them. God will hear and respond.
Admit to yourself and to the Father that you have no righteousness of your own. Thank Jesus for Him crediting you with His righteousness. Be led by His Spirit today.
Dive Deeper: Study Job 22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Peter 1:3-4.