Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them.
The Lord wants a man to be a farmer so He gives him a farm. He provides him all the tools, equipment, seed, fertilizer and instructs him how to do everything. The Lord also provides him with willingness, ability, health, strength, sunlight and rain. He even expresses the desire to assist him in everything. When the man is obedient and he produces a wonderful crop, whose crop is it?
The crop provides food, money, great blessing and more opportunities. The man’s actions produced it, so in one sense it is his. Even the Lord considers it the man’s as He gave it to him. But without the Lord choosing him and giving him the opportunity, he would have nothing. The man has a choice to make – and he will make a choice.
If the man claims the crop as his own, pride is at work. His primary view is there would be no crop without his hard work and obedience to the Lord; his attitude is one of “it is mine”.
On the other hand, the man recognizes the goodness of God and has a heart filled with gratitude for the great blessing from the Lord. Even though he worked hard, he knows he would have nothing without the Lord’s generosity and blessing. His view is one of humility – everything that He has belongs to the Lord. He is merely a steward of it. His concern is how to use the blessing in a way that pleases the Lord and is an instrument of blessing to others. It is all His!
The fascinating thing is the Lord considers the crop, the farm, everything to be his – the man’s. The Lord gave it to him. The issue is the attitude of the man: pride or humility. Likewise, when we consider the righteousness associated with the obedient and righteous acts that we do, we have a choice to make. Is the righteousness our own? Or is it His?