Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
my righteousness will never fail.
There are very few things in the universe that are permanent. Isaiah reminds us that not even the heavens and earth will exist forever. One thing that we can be certain of is God’s unfailing righteousness however.
Numerous places in scripture we are told of God’s unfailing love. Righteousness is closely tied to love however. If God’s righteousness were to fail – be given out unequally – it would be a violation of His love. Unfailing righteousness means that we are all treated the same. Or race, gender, or economic status doesn’t matter to God. We’re all held to the same standards.
The truth is that all of us fall short of God’s standards. The book of Romans makes this very clear. The solution to this is the same for everyone which is another part of God’s righteousness. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is good enough for everyone; all they need to do is accept it.
For anyone who rejects Jesus as savior, once again God’s righteousness never fails. Sinners are judged fairly and according to their misdeeds. Simply trying to live a good life isn’t enough to get into heaven. There is one standard – perfection – and only Jesus met it. Righteousness demands that we accept Jesus’ sacrifice for us because we aren’t righteous on our own.