“The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore..”
Have you ever been promised hope in a hopeless situation? It must have felt so great to know that there would soon be end to your suffering or turmoil. Today’s message was exactly that for a nation who was in self-inflicted persecution, yet never abandoned or forsaken by their kind and gracious God. Yet, the reason God’s word is so valuable for today’s readers, is that God’s promises were not just for those who lived thousands of years ago, but also for today’s day and age. After all, we worship the same God who spoke these words.
Today’s world is full of war, rumours of wars, financial crisis, and un-rest. Who do we turn to in such times? Who can we find hope and peace in? The answer.. The Prince of Peace: Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us. If God is with us, then what do we have to fear. God through Isaiah’s words promised that He Himself would mediate peace between nations… Nation will no longer fight against nation… There will be peace. It is a promise. In our waiting and our trusting, let us put our hope once more in God’s promises, in the security of His words and trust that His word will always come to pass. May we too be vessels of His peace, love and hope.