Devotional: ‘The Importance of One Righteous Man’


Many of us often feel small and insignificant. “Who am I and what can I do that will make a difference?” is often how we feel about ourselves. It may be true; in the eyes of others we may be small and insignificant. Yet although man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) One righteous person can make a world of difference.

Consider what the Lord said to the prophet Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.              

God was willing to spare Jerusalem if the prophet could find just one righteous man.

Yet, after all his searching, Jeremiah could not find even one person who was ready to repent and to seek the LORD. The Bible says:

Jeremiah 5:3 …they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

I often hear Christians say that judgment is coming to America. With all the corruption that is in our land, many wonder what it has not already happened. Perhaps the reason God has withheld His wrath it is because there are still many God-fearing people living in our land. There are still many who want what is right and who are appalled at all the evil that is around us.

Only the Lord knows when judgment will be necessary; but until that time comes, you and I need to continue to do all that we can to be the kind of people that will please God. Consider these words from our Savior.

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Unless America repents, it will no doubt one day face God’s divine judgment. But until that day comes, you and I need to continue to be salt and light. We need to do all that we can to help hold back further moral decay and we need to continue to tell others about Jesus.

God was willing to spare Jerusalem if Jeremiah could find even one righteous man. Let us be that man or woman.

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