Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: June 25, His judgments are sure…
- Isaiah 25:1-27:13
“‘You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust. The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.’ The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.” –Isaiah 26:3-8, ESV
The peace of the Lord comes embedded in the spirit of humility. I have begged for the Lord’s peace, yet not always have I done so in humility. So what does humility look like? If peace comes in humility, what is missing, how do we get it?
Verse 8 above reveals that in His judgments, we wait. Waiting for His judgment seems like it would be rooted in shame. Humility, instead, recognizes that we do not get it, we will not get it, and only in Christ could we ever hope to kinda-sorta-maybe understand a glimpse. And to get that glimpse, by glory, God, please tell me where I am wrong! If it is my unrighteousness keeping me from peace, dear Lord, show me that I may turn from it! If my wandering steps obscure the divine, please Holy Spirit, convict me of it that it can be tossed away.
If you are in Christ, you need not fear His judgments. For His judgments are sure, righteous,a nd for your benefit. Humility begs to uncover sin that the sin might be removed; humility knows we cannot remove it alone.
If the peace of God seems to be missing, take a look at your posture. Demanding the peace of God is only appropriate if the demands are of yourself to be holy. And holiness only comes through faith and following the Spirit. Reframe your posture and the peace of God will flood to overwhelming.