Read Isaiah 2
Focus on verse 4
I am attempting to imagine what it would be like if all the nations of the earth could live at peace with one another. What if the most fetching news headline was something like, “New record is set for number of violence free days worldwide!” To most of us the idea of a world free of armed conflict seems about as likely as the Minnesota Vikings winning the Super Bowl. Just as the Vikings make it their goal to win every year – politicians and world leaders speak of creating peace – and every year the result is the same. (sorry Viking fans – its just an illustration) Its almost as if it is something that even those who earnestly desire it to happen, really don’t expect it to occur within their lifetime.
The prophet Isaiah writes of a day when the mountain of the Lord (The Temple Mount in Jerusalem) will be lifted up as the highest mountain and all nations will look toward it as the law of the land. A time when He (Jesus Christ) will judge between nations, and decide disputes between peoples; “and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
That’s quite a picture. A day when Christ will rule the world with justice and equity, a day when people of all nations will dwell together in peace and harmony with no need to build weapons or train for warfare. I suspect that the response of many who read this might be a mocking “yeah, right! In your dreams.” Frankly, with the condition the world is currently in I can’t blame them, as it certainly seems rather unlikely. This is another one of those places in the scripture where if we call ourselves followers of Jesus, or believers, or Christians etc. we have to make a choice about what we choose to believe. If we believe that the Bible is truly God’s word and that it is true, then these words of Isaiah are part of that truth. If we choose not to believe these words of Isaiah, then we might as well throw out the rest of the Bible as fiction as well.
I happen to believe that it is true and that this day will come, although I do not know exactly when or how. This much I know, Jesus made it clear to his followers we cannot know the time of His return. He did give us some idea of the kind of events that would indicate that the time was getting closer, and many of those seem to have already come to pass. One thing we can be certain of is that today we are one day closer to Jesus return than we were yesterday. It would seem that in all the things Jesus said about it, His point was not so much for us to know when He would return, but that we should ALWAYS be ready. That we should live as though His return was imminent yet also plan ahead in case He was delayed.
The imminence of Jesus return should motivate us to get the word out to as many as possible while there is still time, because once He arrives it will be too late. This is the main message of the parable of the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. The one’s who fall asleep and don’t have their lamps trimmed and ready when He arrives are left out in the darkness.
I believe there is a time that is coming soon when Christ will return and bring peace and justice to the earth, but we have much to do while we wait. There are still many who do not believe. It for this reason that I write these devotional blogs…it could also be for this reason that you are reading this blog if you are one who is seeking truth and meaning in these turbulent times. My prayer is that you find the Truth you seek.