I’ve been rereading Isaiah recently and those of you who know me know how much I love this book. In the first few chapters it’s all about judgment, destruction, disaster and ruin. Not an easy time in which to have lived yet in the midst of these chapters are nuggets of hope tucked away for those who would seek them out.
Is. 3:10 says “tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.” As I understand it righteousness is simply being in right relationship with God, being in fellowship with Jesus, being filled with His Holy Spirit day by day. It’s not so much about doing as it is about being. Us in Him and Him in us. His thoughts mine and my thoughts His. The fruit of this relationship is peace. It is not the absence of difficulty but our posture in the midst of difficulty. In these difficult times there is a lot of talk about security and the loss of it. People losing jobs, savings, cars, houses, and more, people concerned about how much the market will drop next, what government will fall today or default on their loans tomorrow. We all long for security and peace.
In Hebrew there is a word for this peace and wellbeing that affects every area of our lives it is Shalom. This is what Isaiah is referring to, this is the fruit of righteousness and so in the midst of our current difficulties I once again say as Isaiah did, “Tell the righteous it will be well with them!”