Read Isaiah 19
Focus on verse 24
“Peace on earth – good will toward men” was part of the message of the angels that appeared to announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds. We all long for peace on earth, yet the peace we seek seems no closer today than it did a thousand years ago. In today’s reading Isaiah speaks of a day when Israel, Egypt and Assyria will all acknowledge God as Lord and will be blessed by Him. “In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.’” (v. 24)
Here again we see evidence that while God chose Israel as His inheritance, it does not mean He favors Israel over other nations. His desire has always been and continues to be that ALL people of all nations would come to know Him as Lord and savior.
The peace we seek on earth is possible, but it begins within the hearts of each of us. When we each make peace with God and acknowledge Him as Lord, we find the peace we seek. When we find that inner peace, it becomes possible for us to live at peace with one another on the outside as well. When we live in rebellion against God, there cannot be peace on earth because we cannot experience the inner peace that makes outer peace possible.
The earth began with God, and it will end with God, but the souls of humanity and the Spirit of God will live on for eternity. The choice He gives us is whether we desire to spend that eternity in His presence or not.