Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 21, 2017

“the peaceful fruit of righteousness” – “And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 32.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+32&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“15 Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high,
And the wilderness becomes a fertile field,
And the fertile field is considered as a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness
And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.
17 And the work of righteousness will be peace,
And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.
18 Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation,
And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places;”  Isaiah 32:15-18.

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Today’s Scripture shows the great fruit of what righteousness produces:  “peace” and “quietness and confidence forever”. 

“And the work of righteousness will be peace,
And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”  Verse 17.

Do we want such “peace” and “quietness and confidence forever”?

Then, let us seek God’s righteousness!

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33.

“for the kingdom of God is … righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 14:17.

“6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”  Isaiah 9:6-7.

And, we also notice this righteousness and peace are accomplished by “the zeal of the Lord of hosts” which is stated in a different way by today’s Scripture:  “the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high” in verse 15.

“All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful;  yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”  Hebrews 12:11.

“8 I will hear what God the Lord will say;
For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones;
But let them not turn back to folly.
9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth springs from the earth,
And righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 Indeed, the Lord will give what is good,
And our land will yield its produce.
13 Righteousness will go before Him
And will make His footsteps into a way.”  Psalm 85:8-13.

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