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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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.