The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
Has anyone read Isaiah 32 lately? I’m going to go out on a limb and say no, Above is just a snapshot of a what were going to talk about today, but I encourage you to read the entire passage.
Go ahead and read Isaiah 32 now. No worries I’ll wait. Also for further emphasis I recommend checking out the message version of this passage of scripture.
I know right?!
These words are so spot on in relation to how many of us Christian women are being today.
Complacency is such an icky word, it means, “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.” (source Merriam-Webster dictionary)
I want to look at the effect of righteousness, peace and confidence for today, but first let me pull some “truth bomb” verses from Isaiah 32.
You women who are so complacent,
rise up and listen to me;
you daughters who feel secure,
hear what I have to say Isaiah 32:9
till the Spirit is poured on us from on high,
and the desert becomes a fertile field,
and the fertile field seems like a forest.
The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert,
his righteousness live in the fertile field. Isaiah 32:15-16
I think these verses are very clear that complacency and confidence can’t co-exist inside of us. They don’t play nice together.
More specifically, complacency and #HolyConfidence can’t coexist.
Where complacency grows, our Holy confidence dies.
Ok let’s look up the greek words for righteousness, peace, quietness and confidence for today’s verse.
righteousness– “tsedaqah” refers to honesty, justice or merits
peace– “shalom” refers to completeness, soundness,welfare
quietness– “shaqat” undisturbed, refers to calmed or at rest
confidence– “betach” refers to our security and safety.
These three things point to fact that our peace and confidence are not just temporary emotions, but rather states of action that come directly from God “till the Spirit is poured out on us from high”.
The result of this will be peace that comes from righteous living. Not peace in a sense of easy or no trouble, but peace in a sense that wholeness and completeness.
The same can be said for quietness, the sense of calm and rest we feel, despite of what our circumstances might look like.
This is how we have the Holy Confidence needed to avoid becoming complacent.
The other way to avoid complacency in our faith is to allow the Spirit to move us.
Tremble, you complacent women;
shudder, you daughters who feel secure!
Strip off your fine clothes
and wrap yourselves in rags.
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
for the fruitful vines
and for the land of my people,
a land overgrown with thorns and briers—
yes, mourn for all houses of merriment
and for this city of revelry. Isaiah 32:11-13
We are to feel what we feel. Mourn the state of our country. Allow the division and the discord we witness in our nation to move us to prayer. Allow the Spirit to move you to respond with your emotions. I think many of us feel the weight of the world, but we trying our best to “keep it together” and move on, hoping that we can just “shrug the uncomfortable feeling off”.
The result of confidence through the peace given to us by God is our righteousness.
We are enjoying an afternoon thunderstorm today. The direct result of the rain will be that the grass will grow. From that grass it will feed animals and provide sustenance for the animals and insects.
The direct result of the peace will have will be quiet and confidence…forever.
What areas of your life do you need peace in today? How does your righteousness influence your confidence? What is one thing you can do to stop being complacent today?