Umpqua Connect

Promoting Peace

February 08, 2021 Lonnie Wibberding
Umpqua Connect
Promoting Peace
Show Notes Transcript

A short devotional on Isaiah 32:16-18. Want to talk? Send an email to

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Monday, February 8, 2021.

We are back after a few day hiatus. Thanks for continuing to listen.

When we first come to God, most people start with a simple understanding of being good. If we do good things, God will save us and take us to heaven. If we do bad things, then we will be lost and not go to heaven. So we better be good so we can go to heaven.

But God is not taking anyone to heaven because they are good or bad. It's when we ask God into our lives, to become part of us, that saves us. It's not what we do.

So why be good? Here's why. To stop the pain. When we begin to understand God's way we realize the only things God asks us not to do are things that have pain on the other side. When we sin -- go against God's direction -- it causes pain. Maybe not to us directly or immediately, but it does release more pain in the world. And that pain hurts others, it hurts us. It hurts God.

When we are in a relationship with God, being good isn't about salvation. It's about not wanting to bring anymore pain into this world.

In Isaiah 32, the author paints a picture of what it will be like without anymore sin, and because there is no more sin, also no more pain.

Isaiah 32:16-18 says:

16 The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert,
    his righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
    its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
    in secure homes,
    in undisturbed places of rest.

God wants us to live lives of peace. That's His plan from the beginning. It's the motivation not to sin. To be an ambassador of peace in this messed up world.

Don't you want that? Just a quiet place to live among happy people. A place of peace? That's what righteousness brings.

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
    its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow