Isaiah 57:21 “’There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked.’”
Does this seem backward to you? Doesn’t it appear that the righteous are the ones persecuted and tormented? When you look around the world, do you see the wicked in turmoil, or is it the good people who are troubled? How do we understand this passage when our eyes seem to see the exact opposite? We do not think of the good people of earth as living in peace while the wicked are in torment.
God says that the wicked are like the tossing sea. They can’t be quiet because they are always stirring things up. God offers peace to those who come to Him. Those people will know healing, whereas the wicked will never know rest or healing. Those who are contrite will be comforted, but those who stir up trouble will be without comfort.
Looking at this from a practical view, without worrying about the exactness of the wording, we ask what is God saying through the prophet. It seems rather plain in the sense that we are seeing, as we usually do in the prophets, the way God treats the righteous and the wicked.
Task for Today: Which group are you in? Are you among the ones who will be comforted and ultimately give eternal peace, or are you among the restless who can never find peace? What do you answer? Bringing peace or stirring up trouble? Healing or harming? It makes a difference today and in eternity.