The Righteous King
Behold, a king will reign righteously and princes will rule justly. Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land. Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the hasty will discern the truth. Isaiah 32:1-4 NASB
In Isaiah 31:9, Isaiah described the “rock” of Assyria as their king. Then in the text, Isaiah described the true righteous King. The king of Assyria thrives in abusing his power by taking advantage of the weakness of the people he is ruling. But the Messiah reigns in righteousness (32:1). That is what makes the difference for the Messiah is “a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm.” Because God is righteous, His rule makes Him a shelter from the storm. This is how the Lord Jesus Christ describes His reign. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Those who will submit in His lordship will receive sight and they would be able to hear Him. This is what makes us into new people belonging to His kingdom. There will be a great transformation in the lives of the people because in their surrender to Him, they will begin to listen and obey His word. The life He provides brings the answer to all the disastrous human ideals cluttering humanity. It is God’s righteous lordship that will remove our lifelessness and will rouse in us spiritual alertness. This is what the message of the gospel does through us. When the eyes of our hearts are enlightened, we realize a new sense hope, resources, and power in Christ that helps us in times of troubles. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might” (Ephesians 1:18, 19). Once we have this conviction, we are transformed. We who had placed our trust in Jesus should never plead at the feet of failed human powers. There is dignity and honor when we submit and kneel before the lordship of Christ.