Not Because of Your Righteousness

After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 9:4-5

As Israel readies to cross the Jordan and take possession of the land the Lord promised; after the Lord has driven out the people so Israel can possess the land; Moses explains to the people why the Lord is driving out the inhabitants there. It is on account of their wickedness and not because Israel is righteous. Israel is the recipient of God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Today, we can live on Christ’s promises, not because of our righteousness, but because of His ultimate sacrifice.