This chapter begins with a prophecy for Israel about a soon to come king who would be righteous, unlike the evil king that was currently ruling. But it also refers to Jesus, the King of kings and His awesome and eternal reign. Verses 1-4 read,
“Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
and princes will rule in justice.
2 Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,
a shelter from the storm,
like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will give attention.
4 The heart of the hasty will understand and know,
and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly.”
Jesus does rule in righteousness. His righteousness is perfect and wonderful. It is so complete that, we under Him are able to call it ours as well. We are at peace with Him and can walk in our lives with justice, peace, and righteousness.
Jesus, Our Lord is our protection, our shelter, and our comfort. He gives us rest from the labor of working toward the impossible goal of perfect virtue. We don’t have to struggle to obey rule after rule anymore because He gives us His shelter and shade. His righteousness covers us.
But He doesn’t keep us in the dark. He lets us in on His wisdom and reveals Himself to us. Our eyes are open and He will not close them. Our ears can hear Him, if we will only listen. He gives us understanding and even gives us a way to express that understanding. Before you knew Jesus, could you grasp any meaning from His Word? Could you make sense of the ridiculous Christians? But once He is your Lord, you get it. His Spirit fills you and now you can comprehend all that stuff that was balderdash before. You have an intimate relationship with The King so much that you get to converse with Him anytime you choose to.
We can look at the world and see the madness and outright silliness of those without Christ. But the world doesn’t see it. They uphold the dupe as wise. They praise irrationality as perception. They don’t know how upside down they have it But One Day, Jesus will be revealed to everyone. One Day the lost will see they are lost. The folly and evil of the world will be shown for what it is. We must not give into the temporary madness of the world but remain noble and stand on the good foundation of Jesus Christ. (Verses 5-8).
Are you diligently standing on Jesus’ Virtue? Don’t become complacent or self-righteous. Do not be so comfortable with the evil of the world that you too see wrong as right and right as wrong. It happens. God will continue to remind you. He will provide you with some trials to get you back on track again. He did it for Israel and Judah time after time, He’ll do it for you too.
Are you in the middle of some trial meant to bring your attention back to The Lord? Have you become so smug that you haven’t noticed? God doesn’t want you to ignore the difficulties in your life. He wants you to pay attention. He wants you to notice your heart and troubles and He wants you to care about the lives being lost all around you. The Message verses 12-13 (approximately) read,
“Shed honest tears for the lost harvest,
the failed vintage.
Weep for my people’s gardens and farms
that grow nothing but thistles and thornbushes.
Cry tears, real tears, for the happy homes no longer happy,
the merry city no longer merry.”
Are you settling for the “righteousness” of the world? Are you a bit too unconcerned? Are you fine just the way you are? Is the trouble in your life causing you to become like Jesus? Or are you enough like Jesus already?
Let the Holy Spirit sweep through you and change you. Repent (Be truly sorry, stop, and turn from your sin to Jesus). Let Him change you. Oh how He wants to fill you up and take all the dross out of your life and fill you with Himself instead. Verses 15-17 read,
“until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.”
Oh the awesomeness of what He does! The miracle of salvation, the beauty of transformation, and the wonder of His grace is miraculous. The verses above also refer to The Holy Spirit being given to the gentiles. Remember that Isaiah was written before Jesus walked the earth and before The Holy Spirit was given to us. The Lord told His people, and He tells us, if you won’t accept His Grace, He will give it to people that will. The Israelites wouldn’t accept Christ, so He came to us. His Spirit is gifted to us who accept Him. We can be at peace with God because of Jesus blood and righteousness. We can be so fruitful we become like a vast forest instead of a single tree because of The Holy Spirit.
Choose to follow Jesus. Choose to remain on His path. Recognize the trials and thorns quickly, stay aware of the condition of your heart and spirit so that instead of weeping through God’s discipline you can celebrate His great joy and peace. Are you righteous because of Jesus? Are you being disciplined and shaped by The Holy Spirit to be like Jesus? Or are you a good person who doesn’t need God’s discipline and transformation?
Check yourself before you wreck yourself.