This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. (Isaiah 32:17)
Isaiah writes of a day when a coming king will make all things “right” (Is.32:1). He will reign in “righteousness”. We know this to be Jesus when He returns to set up His kingdom on earth.
The Hebrew word for “righteous” (tzedaqah) can carry the idea of honesty, justice, blameless behavior, and at its root is the idea of being right with God. Righteousness begins and ends with God. We can’t become “righteous” without the sacrifice of Jesus (2Cor. 5:21), and ultimately God is the one who declares us to be “righteous”.
When you find this “righteousness” that comes by simply believing in Jesus (Rom. 5:1), you will find yourself at “peace” with God. There is a settling and assurance that only comes from your relationship with Jesus.
Yet God’s desire for righteousness in your life goes beyond your initial faith in Christ. God wants to work righteousness into your life, changing you from the inside out. God has placed a spark in your heart that longs to follow Jesus more closely, to honor God more correctly, and shine the clean light of God to those around you.
Sometimes the trouble and anxiety we experience can be from our not paying attention to the Spirit of God, who is that spark that nudges you towards holiness. There is a measure of peace, quietness, and assurance that comes from making “right” choices. Yield afresh to Him today. Say “yes” to God’s promptings towards what’s right. Stay on the path.