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Scripture reading for July 27th: Isaiah 31-35
“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)
Isaiah’s warning of judgment is followed by encouragement to those who looked to their King, God Himself, as their source of deliverance and protection. True peace comes from right living, daily choices to live life under God’s law and authority. This peace is a fruit that grows with daily obedience. When a person knows that they are righteous in God’s sight, they can have the quietness and confidence as a permanent state in their lives. They need not worry about death or judgment, or fear God’s fiery wrath. (Isaiah 33:14)
Some of the actions of the righteous are spelled out for the Israelites. “He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil. . .” (Isaiah 33:15) Righteousness is not just a religious state, but comes from a life that is under God’s authority. Choices are made to do what God directs, not what is popular or expedient. Money and manipulation don’t dominate the thinking and actions of those who walk with God.
There are rewards for the righteous in this life and in the life to come. Isaiah tells the righteous that God will protect them and provide for their bread and water. He will take care of them in the fiery troubles! But more than that daily care, they have a special privilege. “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty and view a land that stretches afar. . . Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; . . .There the Lord will be our Mighty One.” (Isaiah 33:17,20-21)
Jesus Christ has become our righteousness today. (2nd Corinthians 5:21) He is the King who came and bought our freedom from the power and penalty of sin. When we repent and rest in Him, we can have quietness and confidence forever! God will protect us and provide for all our needs while on our pilgrimage on earth. One day we will behold the King, Jesus Christ, in all His beauty! He will set up His throne in Jerusalem and rule the earth in peace for a thousand years! Praise the Lord!