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By Lisa Nordell-Detres
“There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” (Isaiah 48:22 NKJV)
In case you are thinking about all the godless people in this world who run around proclaiming “peace” every chance they get, this verse was not referring to them. Taken in context with the book of Isaiah and the rest of chapter 48, God was talking to His own people, Israel, who had chosen to worship their neighbors’ gods of wood, stone and metal. God sent numerous prophets over the years to warn them about the consequences of their apostasy, but for the most part, the warnings fell on deaf ears.
Listen to the agony of Father God whose desire was for His children just to obey:
“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Your descendants would have been like the sand,
And your offspring of your body like grains of sand;
His name would not have been cut off
Nor destroyed from before Me.” (Is 48:18-19, NKJV)
Is there peace like a river in your life? Are you at rest in your Savior or is everyday life a struggle for you? Read Isaiah 48 and then take some time away from the fray for an internal spiritual assessment. Are you really living in obedience to God? Who is truly number one in your life? Do you seek His will on a daily basis; do you spend time in His Word so you know what it is you are supposed to obey? Or do you merely pay God lip service occasionally on Sundays? The behaviors of the people of Israel that God referred to as “wicked” lived this kind of life:
“Who swear by the name of the LORD and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth or in righteousness…” (v. 1).
True peace comes from living within God’s will and knowing that He is in control regardless of what is going on around us. If the prophet Isaiah’s definition of “wicked” just included you, it is not too late to seek God’s forgiveness and His peace in your life. We all need more peace of mind these days and God is the only One who can give it to us. Just like ancient Israel, the day will come when God will put an end to this world as we know it, but that day will be too late for repentance. Seek Him today while He can still be found!
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.