Daily D – Isaiah 32:17
The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever.
ISAIAH 32:17 (CSB)
And the progeny of Right: quiet lives and endless trust.
Doing the right thing the right way for the right reason in the right timing almost always leads to the right result. What does the right result look and feel like? God says through Isaiah that it looks and feels like peace, righteousness, and quiet confidence forever.
Take two minutes or so and read this whole chapter. Notice the contrast between the two kinds of lifestyles. There are those who are noble (verse 8) and righteous, and there are those who are scoundrels and complacent. Consider this question: Of which of these two kinds of people do we want more? (This awkward sentence is so written as not to end with a preposition.)
“(A) noble person plans noble things; he stands up for noble causes,” (verse 8).
How do we get more righteousness, peace, quiet confidence, and noble people doing noble things? The best way to get more of these is by becoming more of these. We lead the way toward what we want more of or less of by modeling it for others. We become the positive alternative to Angry Facebook Guy and Ranting Twitter Gal.
Let’s run an experiment today. Commit to doing the right thing the right way for the right reason in the right timing all day today. Make noble plans. Stand up for noble causes. Let’s see how this day goes. It will probably go well. Make any necessary course corrections tonight. Do it again tomorrow.
Sooner than you think, but perhaps not as soon as you like, positive change will come. Some people will resist. Most will welcome the positive alternative. People are a lot like moths. They are drawn to light. Before we mix metaphors any further, live righteously and nobly today.
Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” We will start with us and create a worldwide pandemic of righteousness and nobility. How’s that for an ambitious start to the weekend?
I will live in quiet confidence.
Our Father, mold me and shape me and make me a noble, righteous man. Use me to demonstrate the positive alternative to the biting, devouring, arrogant behavior of our day. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.