“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” Isaiah 32:ll
This verse is taken from a passage in Isaiah that is prophesying the coming invasion of Assyria. God was using this invasion as a preparation for His people of an outpouring of His Spirit among them. But we have some things to learn as God’s people today as well. First of all, this is one that I think we should look at a few verses to get the context. I’m going to back up a couple of verses.
“until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” Isaiah 32:15-17
Now I’ll be honest, I had to read this passage several times, and look it up in commentary to really feel like I was gaining understanding from it. But what I see here is God’s people were in mourning over the invasion of Assyria and their circumstances. This was prophecy to them to prepare them for God to pour out His Spirit upon them. That’s what would make a difference for them in their circumstances was when God’s Spirit would be poured out. When that was done the then the wilderness (the tough times) would become fruitful.
Then when God’s Spirit is poured out among His people it will breed things like justice and righteousness (right-living)! And where justice and right living are there will be peace. And peace results in quietness and trust.
The cool thing here to me is this. This was written in Isaiah, it is Old Testament. Back in the Old Testament God’s people had to wait on the outpouring of the Spirit. But when Jesus came, he left us with the Holy Spirit, that if we are His, is with us ALL the time. My take away is this, they were being assured God was going to come into their circumstances and He would bring peace based on their right living and justice. We don’t have to wait on God to come into our circumstances. We have to recognize that He is with us! We invite Him into our circumstances. And then when we are living justly and rightly in the midst of our circumstances, God will be there and will bring peace to whatever those circumstances are. And the results of that peace for us is a quiet trust in our Savior who will carry us through whatever we are going through.
Friends if you feel like you are in the wilderness, keep seeking Him. Ask God to pour out His Spirit on you. Seek His justice and righteousness and He will bring you peace!