In my morning devotions I make use of Timothy Keller’s God’s Wisdom in Navigating Life, a one-year devotional guide on the book of Proverbs. Last year I made use of his The Songs of Jesus, a devotional guide on the Psalms. In today’s devotional he mentions that when we meet the words “righteous” and “wicked” in the book of Proverbs, we think it means “moral” and “immoral.” They mean more than that. According to Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke, “The righteous are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community; the wicked are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.” Jesus was righteous: he was willing to disadvantage himself to advantage all who would trust him as their Lord and Saviour. He came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life for many. Timothy Keller asks, “In what ways are you disadvantaging yourself, in time and money, for the good of the community in which you live?” That’s a good question.
Christians overcome their fears by looking not only at the written Word, the Bible, but also at the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. Through his sovereign and creative power, God is able to give us his saving Word, human and divine, written and writhing on the cross.
– Timothy Keller, The Songs of Jesus (April 30)