July 23 (Daily reading: Isaiah 31-34) Isaiah warned against trusting any human power (such as the horsemen and chariots of Egypt). This had been Israel’s position: “But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!” (31:1). He put the Assyrians in the same camp as the Egyptians and advised Israel: “Return to Him from whom you have deeply defected, O sons of Israel” (31:6).
Isaiah was then led by the Holy Spirit to prophecy about the Messiah, “Behold, a king will reign righteously and princes will rule justly” (32:1). Jesus would come as the King of kings! Would the princes be those who rule with him during the one-thousand-year reign (see Revelation 20:6)? Jeremiah also prophesied about this coming King: “He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land” (Jer. 23:5). The figurative language of Isaiah 32 is filled with promise: during this reign, people will find “shelter in the storm,” “streams of water in a dry country,” “shade in a parched land.” Their eyes will see, and their ears will hear, so that their minds can know the truth. They will understand and be able to speak clearly of what they are experiencing.
This will be a time of peace and confidence: “And the work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, and in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places” (32:17-18). We as God’s people have so much to which we look forward. “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty” (33:17). Knowing that this is our future should bring peace and confidence even during our times of waiting, when the waters are troubled, and the winds are strong!
– Al Gary