It shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.” For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. For I will not continually accuse, nor will I always be angry; for then the spirits would grow faint before me, even the souls that I have made. Because of their wicked covetousness I was angry; I struck them, I hid and was angry; but they kept turning back to their own ways. I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will lead them and repay them with comfort, creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them. But the wicked are like the tossing sea that cannot keep still; its waters toss up mire and mud. There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked. (Isaiah 57:14-21, NRSV)
There is no peace for the wicked… I did an internet search on the last sentence in the above reading and this quote came up, “My mother always used to say, ‘there is no path to peace. Peace is the path.'”
Wow. isn’t that really what the passage from Isaiah is saying?
If you are contrite and humble you will seek after God and God will open your heart and answer your prayers. God will show you love and give you love for others.
But if you are covetous and wicked and self-focused, God will hide His face from you.
If you are seeking after God, God will heal you and fill you. If you are seeking after your own desires there will be no peace.
Because there is no path to peace. Peace is the path.
Follow after God and walk the path of peace!