The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 21
Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
–Isaiah 48:18 (ESV)
The divine activity floods the universe. It permeates all creatures. It floats above them. Wherever they are, it is there. It leads them; it accompanies them; it follows them. There is nothing left for them to do but to be carried on its waves.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
The prophets often spoke of the waves of the sea to represent danger, trouble, and chaos. Fear is a natural reaction to natural waves, once you have witnessed their destructive power. But in Isaiah 48:18, the prophet speaks of waves of righteousness—and not just any righteousness, but your righteousness.
In speaking of peace and righteousness, Isaiah is talking about salvation by grace, through faith (if I may put this Old Testament prophecy into New Testament terms). The faith by which you are saved, the faith that God counts as righteousness for Christ’s sake, is the faith by which you ride the waves of divine activity. Here is another reminder that the way of abandonment is exclusively Christian. But, as we will often be reminded, it is generally Christian. It is not limited to one sect, denomination, or tradition. To follow this path, you need biblical, saving faith in Jesus Christ. But that is all you need. Then you are qualified to ride the waves of righteousness. Use your salvation to discern the divine activity. By trusting in Jesus to save you, you have taken the first step on the path of abandonment. You have already begun to be carried by the waves; simply continue.
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