I don’t know about you, but I don’t like reading the news. There’s so much bad news all over the world. Wars, crime, injustice. And that’s how Isaiah must have felt as he looked around him in Judah.
And yet, God showed him a day that was coming. And Isaiah said,
In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. (2-4)
It’s hard to see hope in this world, because things look so bad. But when we start to lose hope, let us remember these words that Isaiah spoke. Because these times will not last forever. The day will come when God will be exalted over all the earth and people from every tribe and nation will seek after him. The day will come when justice will be served. And the day will come when all war comes to an end.
Are you discouraged? When you look at the world around you, do you feel like there’s no hope? Then as one old song put it, it’s time to read to the end of the Book. Because as I said, these times will not last forever.
Let us walk each day in hope, keeping our eyes focused not on the evil around us, but on the Lord who will one day make all things right. As Isaiah put it,
Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. (5)