If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:18
Why is it we cannot do the simplest thing; love the Lord and pay attention to His commands? His commands are not hard to pay attention to, or do, and loving Him is certainly no chore. Why is it so difficult? I guess we could coin the phrase, “if it were easy, everyone could do it.” But it is easy. I can think of nothing easier than loving God, who loves us and chose us to be His. And I believe everyone can do it.
The rewards for loving God and paying attention to His commands are fantastic. First and foremost among them is everlasting life with Him, but the rewards we can enjoy now are wonderful, too. To have peace like a river is something I think we all would want. And I don’t think this verse means like a river in the sense that a river is peaceful, but in the sense that a river is full and overflowing. God offers us peace in abundance, like a river that flows full and steady to the sea. And when we have his peace and love Him, His righteousness returns to us and washes over us in powerful and never ending waves like those of the sea.
Love God, and pay attention to His commands; let the tides of His righteousness wash over you, as you wade in the rivers of His peace.