“A Quiet Confidence” ( Isaiah 32: 17, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

When “the Spirit from heaven is poured out on us, then justice inhabits the wilderness, and righteousness dwells in the orchard. The result of righteousness is peace; the effect of righteousness is quiet confidence forever.” (Isaiah 32:15-17)

This righteousness, you do know, is not our own. This righteousness is not some thing we attain; rather this holiness is “poured out on us” via the Spirit of God so that justice and righteousness spread throughout the people of God. The result, the effect is peace and a quiet confidence forever.

Although a storm rages and the boat is sinking, we remain quietly confident and peaceful. “For the majestic One, our Lord, is there, a place of rivers and broad streams where ships that are rowed do not go and majestic vessels do not pass. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He saves us. Your ropes are slack; they cannot hold the base of the mast or spread out the flag. Then the abundant soil is divided, the lame plunder it, and none say, ‘I am sick.’ The people who dwell there are forgiven their iniquity.” (Isaiah 33:21-24)

And with forgiveness comes righteousness and peace — a quiet confidence forever.

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