Isaiah 32:16 -17 … righteousness remains in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
Do not make the mistake of doing what is right in youreyes or in the eyes of other people; that will always spell trouble. Do instead what is right in God’s eyes; that is righteousness.
In the days of Isaiah there were many liberals in the land of Israel. Liberals are those that do what seems to be right to them: whether or not it is consistent with the word of God is irrelevant to them. He warned that the choice of being a liberal comes with consequences and would result in them being troubled for many days and years in Isaiah 32:10. What Isaiah was saying was that being a liberal may seem like you are doing what is good; but will result in more harm than good if what is being done is contrary to God’s word.
Isaiah furthered his discourse to them by telling them in Isaiah 32:16-17 to do righteousness , while highlighting 3 benefits of doing so. Firstly, he said that by doing righteousness they shall remain in a fruitful field; it was a reminder that it was by righteousness that they would reap the blessings that God had in store. The second benefit mentioned was “peace and quietness” because all that unrighteousness does is to bring trouble even if the intention is good. That was revealed when Uzzah was struck dead when he touched the Ark in an effort to prevent the Ark of the Covenant from falling off the cart in 2 Samuels 6. The problem with his action was that only the priests were mandated by God to touch the Ark and he was not one. The lesson to be learnt is that unrighteousness brings trouble. The third benefit of righteousness is “assurance”. Doing righteousness breeds faith and confidence, because we know that once we do what God says He is faithful to do what He says will do.
In the corporate world there is always talk about cost-benefit analysis. From the foregoing if you do the math you will see that the benefits of doing righteousness far outweighs the cost. Therefore, the only prudent option is to do what is right in God’s eyes.
Life Application: Forget your opinion, let your position be what the word of God says.
Prayer: Lord, help me to do right in your eyes at all times. In Jesus name, amen.