What does a righteous person look like? What do they do and what do they avoid? The Old Testament tells us about a man named Job who was “blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.” (Job 1:1) This a pretty good summary of what a righteous person is and what they do. He is “blameless” which means he lived his life with such integrity that “wrongs” could not legitimately be charged against him. His reputation was such that even if he were accused of wrong-doing most people would assume he was innocent. Job was not perfect because no one is. But he was “blameless.”
He was also described as “upright.” In other words, he was honest and up front with people rather than being sneaky and deceitful. Most people will selfishly work the system to their advantage and ignore the plight of others whom they may run over in the process. Apparently Job was not like that. Although he was very wealthy, he came by it through honesty and hard work. Not deceit.
Job also feared God. This trait is vital to being righteous, because every other trait flows from this one. To “fear God” is much more than to simply fear God’s judgment. Fearing God means you have an awe-filled respect and reverence for the Lord. You love Him and you long to please Him. You know that everything you have in life is a gift from Him; yet He owes you nothing. Fearing God also speaks of an awareness that God is sovereign over all things in life. This could be seen in Job’s life when tragedy stuck in massive ways and he responded by saying, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)
Finally, Job is described as “turning away from evil.” As a wealthy and prominent man in his day he no doubt had many temptations to sin. But rather than succumbing to them he “turned away” from them. He avoided them. He stayed focused on the Lord and shunned his desires for selfishness and sin.
Job had what you and I need. All of his righteousness existed because he knew the Lord. You and I need to turn from our sin in repentant faith and commit our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. As the Son of God, Jesus provides the only road to salvation and to knowing the Father. And only in Christ, are we found to be righteous.
Examine yourself in comparison to Job. Are you blameless and upright? Do you fear God and shun evil? Through God’s power this can be done. Trust in Christ and discover what it means to be truly righteous