And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

Isaiah 32: 17

 

Unfortunately, the expression “All is right with the world” doesn’t seem to apply to the real world very often; at least, this is true for the one where I live most days. First off, all is way too inclusive, then, the world is far too big a place, and finally, right is just too vague. The absolute complexity of living and the ridiculously fast pace of life seem to work together to defeat even the possibility of rightness. Yet, giving in to the idea that life can’t be lived in a better place does not seem correct either. There is an internal, an innate drive in people to create a better place to live. We desire to reside in a just and a fair community where people are valued and where goodness prevails. This idea that good can prevail over evil is one of the classic themes of drama, and it is one of the common dreams of people. We all desire to reside in a world where the bad doesn’t happen, at least not without reasonable notice.

 

The words of the prophet seem to be suggesting that God sees this idyllic dream of mine as possibility, even as promise. He is saying that there can be peace and that we can live in a quiet place where trust relationships are possible. However, Isaiah’s key to that desired outcome is righteousness. God wants us to become the points of righteous, the doers of Christ-like living, in a world that is spinning out of control. The Lord desires for each of us to draw upon Him as our source of internal peace and to allow His calming influence to fill our minds; then, He wants us to interact with the chaos and the distress of our world with the strength of a quiet, Christ-focused heart. We can trust the Spirit of God to take us into this day with calm clarity and purpose, and we can have faith that He will successfully bring us through every twist and turn that we encounter during our journey.

 

As we seek God’s peace for the worry and the concern of our hearts, open our minds to His quiet and confident voice, and trust in His Spirit’s guidance through the day; then, we will have an influence for Christ in our world. Individuals and the communities of faith that they engage with can be world changers at the level that is most important to God. That is, we can touch the lives of other individual people, and we can influence thinking and policies that are used to create systems of rule that are just, fair, and caring. So, we can become people who not only live in that “all is right” world, but we will be the ones who bring the reality of Christ’s righteousness to others.