Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'Oh that thou hast hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.' Isa 48:18


Don't we all want peace like a river? Not just a streambut a wide, free-flowing, glorious, powerful river? There's only one way to find it and that is to listen to what God is saying and do it.


The second part of this verse speaks of a river that flows into the sea. It is soon covered and lost in the waves of the ocean.


This week, we were fortunate enough to have a day at St Andrews. Watching the waves endlessly lapping up or crashing onto the beach reminded me of this verse. Righteousness that doesn't run out; like the waves of the ocean it goes on relentlessly doing the right thing no matter the weather or difficulties in life.


It is all so simple we could miss it! All we have to do is listen first and then do what is asked of us.


Take time to wait on God today. Listen in the silence and read His word carefully. Let Him speak to you and, make up your mind, that whatever He says you will do it to the best of your ability. Then peace will flow like a river within you and righteousness will be like the waves of the sea.