For my devotions last week, I read Isaiah 32. The first verse starts like this:
"Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall reign in judgment."The chapter goes on to list all of the types of things that occur when righteousness is the key foundation:
- Provisions are made for hard times (v. 2)
- Spiritual attentiveness is maintained (v. 3)
- People change (v. 4)
- The exceeding sinfulness of sin is understood, and excuses stop being made (v. 5-7)
- Those who are generous ("liberal") receive generosities (v. 8)
Then, a curse is pronounced upon the land: trouble and failure will exist until the Spirit is poured out.
At that time, the land is returned to its fruitfulness and prosperity. Judgment -- or, the execution of justice -- the dwells in that land. The righteous people dwell in that land.
What happens when righteousness dwells in that land?
"The work of righteousness shall be peace: the effect of righteousness [is] quietness and assurance for ever."
"And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places."I thought about Fanny Crosby's "Blessed Assurance":
"Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
"Perfect submission, all is at rest: I, in my Savior, am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love."
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me!