Read Isaiah 46
Focus on verse 12-13
We are told that a little self-evaluation occasionally can be helpful in order to stay focused on the goals we have set and our progress toward them. While I would agree that this might be helpful, it can also be a little misleading if it is not validated periodically by a more objective means of evaluation. Imagine how it might turn out if an employer based annual salary reviews entirely on the self-evaluation each employee? While there hopefully would be some who would do their best to be objective and honest in their evaluation of their performance, it is difficult to be objective when one is asked to review one’s own performance. While self-evaluations can be useful, it would probably not be in the best interests of the company as a whole to base salary increases solely on the self-evaluations of employees.
In today’s reading the Lord speaks through Isaiah saying: “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off, and my salvation will not delay;” (v. 12-13) It would seem that God’s evaluation of the people in question may be slightly different than their own evaluation of themselves.
It would seem to me that when people are asked to evaluate their own righteousness, we rarely have an accurate idea of where we really stand. In my experience people are either excessively strict in their self-assessment, consigning themselves to the realm of “worthless worm”, or, they inflate the value of the things they do “for God” in an attempt to appear more righteous than they really are. Both of these false measures stem from a poor understanding of God and what He says in His word about how He sees us.
The truth is, not one of us can ever be righteous before God without His help. On the other hand anyone can be considered absolutely righteous before God if we make the choice to submit ourselves to the righteousness of Christ. When we repent of our rebellious nature, and choose to submit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ by inviting the Holy Spirit to take control of our lives, God separates us from all our sins, present, past and future, and sees us as He sees Jesus – pure, holy and righteous. This doesn’t make us perfect, it just makes us redeemed. It really is that simple.