Peace. It’s been on the wish list of people for centuries. Often when I ask people if there’s anything I can pray with them about, their answer is “world peace.” Will this world ever have peace?
I look around me and see broken families, broken hearts, and broken trust. Countries and individuals alike fight each other for no valid reason other than selfish greed. Natural disasters plague the world, and school shootings are increasingly popular. People today even gain pleasure from killing other people in virtual worlds. This world is broken.
There is hope for this violence-plagued world. Isaiah is fast becoming one of my favorite books of the Bible. Take a look at his incredible vision of the earth made new:
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. . . . The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain.
In the most unlikely of combinations, Isaiah looks past the human-caused violence and focuses on the primary result of sin–death. See, death was never a part of God’s plan. But after Adam and Eve sinned, death became commonplace. Isaiah was so amazed at the peace that he saw in this new earth that he focuses in on a group of animals and children, predators and prey alike, who are living peacefully with each other.
If, in the new earth, even the animals get along with each other, we can be confident that someday there will be peace on earth. Jesus will indeed break through this earth’s atmosphere and wake up the sleeping saints. He will take us home to heaven for a millennium where we discover the true character of God. Then, after sin is forever removed from the universe, He will recreate our planet, restoring it to the way it was at the beginning of earth’s history.
Take us soon, Lord Jesus, to heaven to be with thee there!
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.