I am sitting in my office getting ready for Sunday (tomorrow) and for a lovely wedding that I will be officiating tonight. The rain this morning was refreshing and, I hope, enough to cause the corn and the tomatoes to make. Our youth arrived home a little after noon from their time in Pike County Kentucky. They were ready to be home after the 700 mile trip, but they were also filled with enthusiasm about their experience.....ready to plan the next trip. That is good. I hope that you will engage some of them in conversation and ask them where they experience the Spirit of God in their journey.
In the 2nd chapter of Isaiah he speaks of the last days and of the mountain of the Lord being lifted up, chief among the mountains. He speaks of Jerusalem and this correlates with John's revelation of a New Jerusalem. He tells how, in those last days, that peace will be the pattern of our lives; that the instruments of war will be converted into implements of peace. Isn't that a wonderful thing to think about.....no more war. Will that mean that the season of our ugliness to each other, dividing into opposing sides and shouting at each other across the aisle or street or ocean will be done? I hope so. I grow weary of the vilification of our leaders and of the coarseness of our language and of our making enemies of those who disagree with our position. Come Lord Jesus ascend into the hearts of every man, woman and child! Reign as Prince of Peace!!
That day will be a marvelous day, but it will not come with out pain and sorrow, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Mankind with all of his science, technology and warpower will be brought low. The mighty will be humbled and the humbled will be exalted. Those who have not come to terms with Jehovah on his terms should scatter to the hills and hide in the rocks (but it will do no good), judgment will come to those who have trusted in their own might rather than in the strong right arm of the Omnipotent one.
The warning of Isaiah to the kings of Judah and Israel: "stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?" God and God alone is to be trusted. Put your bets on the King of Kings, Adonai, Jehovah-Jireh; he alone is worthy of our praise.
Hope to see you on the Sabbath. God bless you.