Being Isolated The Majority Of Your Life Will Destroy You! (or, Is it God’s Intention that He keep you thoroughly protected from ‘any’ danger?) By Timothy Baugh.

“Two are better (more beneficial and profitable) than one; (Two people are better at accomplishing anything than just one alone) because they have a good reward (a worthwhile payoff) for their labor. (because they, working things out together, will surely get things done.) For if they fall (For if they shall decide to slack and fail, or the one gives up in doing his part) the one will lift up (strengthen, encourage) his fellow (friend): but woe (trouble occurs) to him that is alone when he falls; (when he grows weak, becomes sick, or dies) for he hath (has) not another (nobody) to help him up.” (to help him out once he is gone.) Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. (with my own insights added.)     Isolation for anyone, when it is extreme, can make us anti-social creatures. For Christians, followers of Jesus, such was never meant to be. Self-imposed alienation from this world tends to make us more critical, judgmental, and paranoid of others. Do you remember of the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day? This is exactly what happened to them! We develop an exaggerated view of our own ‘rightness’ and become slowly bitter and agitated towards those who seem to threaten our safe and secure little world. Now is this beginning to become more apparent? Perhaps, that was the major reason our Father God “came to Man’s rescue”, so to speak, at the Creation. Later, God’s Beloved Son, our King Jesus, “came to our rescue”. But like those of His day; we today may prefer to shut everyone and everything out because we feel threatened! Even our presentation of our selves to this world; is as ‘incomplete’ as our version of the Gospel… because we don’t recognize our own potential! Men may obsess over sex, and women over their bodies; but the main thing is: GET OUT OF YOUR RUT! You belong to help out yourself as well as your neighbor.   

Jehovah-tsidkenu—the Lord our Righteousness

‘This is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’ Jeremiah 23:6

Suggested Further Reading: Isaiah 61:1–11

In Scripture, Christ’s righteousness is compared with fair white linen; then I am, if I wear it, without spot. It is compared with wrought gold; then I am, if I wear it, dignified and beautiful, and worthy to sit at the wedding feast of the King of kings. It is compared, in the parable of the prodigal son, with the best robe; then I wear a better robe than angels have, for they have not the best; but I, poor prodigal, once clothed in rags, companion to the nobility of the pigsty—I, fresh from the husks that swine do eat, am nevertheless clothed in the best robe, and am so accepted in the Beloved. Moreover, it is also everlasting righteousness. This is, perhaps, the fairest point of it—that the robe shall never be worn out; no thread of it shall ever give way. It shall never hang in tatters upon the sinner’s back. He shall live, and even though it were a Methuselah’s life, the robe shall be as if it were woven yesterday. He shall pass through the stream of death, and the black stream shall not foul it. He shall climb the hills of heaven, and the angels shall wonder what this whiteness is which the sinner wears, and think that some new star is coming up from earth to shine in heaven. He shall wear it among principalities and powers, and find himself no whit inferior to them all. Cherubic garments and seraphic mantles shall not be so lordly, so priestly, so divine, as this robe of righteousness, this everlasting perfection which Christ has wrought out, and brought in and given to all his people. Glory unto thee, O Jesus, glory unto thee! Unto thee be hallels for ever; Hallelu-Jah! Thou art Jah—‘Jehovah, the Lord our Righteousness.’

For meditation: The robe of Christ’s righteousness which the Christian has received (Isaiah 61:10) is not only for show; it also serves as a vital piece of the Christian’s spiritual armour (Ephesians 6:14). To rely on our own righteousness is no better than fighting a battle armed in nothing but filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).

Sermon no. 395
2 June (1861)

365 Days with C.H. Spurgeon, Vol. 2: A Unique Collection of 365 Daily Readings from Sermons Preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon from His Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit (365 Days With Series); edited by Terence Peter Crosby; (c) Day One Publications, 2002.