Reading: Isaiah 11: 6-10
The vision Isaiah lays out is hard to wrap our minds around. We can picture a wolf with a lamb or a lion eating straw. But to imagine this and all the other images Isaiah presents as the daily reality for all of the animals of the world really stretches our minds. When Isaiah writes, “They will neither harm nor destroy on all my Holy mountain”, he means everyone and everything – man, animals, plants, nature…
We imagine heaven a number of ways. Some see a beautiful city with streets paved with gold. Some see us floating up in the sky, lounging on the clouds. Some imagine a giant mansion with endless rooms in it. But even more than what heaven will look like, we ‘know’ what it will be like. We will constantly be in the light and live of God. There will be no tears, no pain, no hurt, no hunger, no injustice, no oppression, no sin.
Jesus said, “This, then, is how you should pray… your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6: 9-10). These familiar words from the Lord’s Prayer tie into the vision in Isaiah 11. When Jesus taught the disciples this prayer, He included the idea of God’s kingdom coming here. God’s will for the earth is peace, love, understanding, reconciliation, mercy. God’s kingdom vision for the earth is the same as the vision for heaven.
So, what would our world look like if we put an end to all the harm and destroying? What would life be like for all people if there was no violence, no abuse, no injustice, no oppression? What would the world look like if there were no famine or drought or pestilence? We, as God’s people, are kingdom builders. What are you going to do today to help bring God’s kingdom to all the people you will encounter this day and to all the places you will be this day?