Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5
Today’s reading paints a picture I long for. Isaiah speaks of going up to the mountain of God so that we can learn his ways in order to walk his paths. It ends with a great line, “Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord”. All humanity longs for a sense of peace, for a sense of well-being. We find this by faithfully living our daily lives in God’s presence.
In our lives and in places around the world, peace and contentment do not always rule the day. On a personal level, we all deal at times with issues of health and rocky relationships and other trials. In the world, violence and oppression and injustice are everyday occurrences in some places.
On a personal level, when we learn God’s ways we are better equipped to walk through the storms of life because we know that God is present to us. God’s light guides our path and we live with a confidence that no matter what the world brings, we know that ultimately we are in God’s hands.
But there is much sorrow and pain and brokenness is our world. For me to begin to understand how this can be ‘fixed’ is simply beyond me. Yet I know it is well within God’s care. In today’s passage we find comfort and reassurance that God has a plan. Verse four is one of great hope for me. One day God will settle disputes between peoples. They will then “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks”. Instruments of war and violence will become implements to feed one another. People will provide for one another’s basic needs and famine will be no more. A time of peace is coming.
Advent is just around the corner too. It is a time when we prepare for the coming of the Prince of Peace. Humbly we ask, O Lord Jesus, come soon.