These days in the world are filled with uncertainty. It is as if we, as Christians, are hanging on by a rope from a dying tree in a world of turmoil. WHY are we merely hanging on by a thread? Because we are not united. My gosh, I want to rip my eyeballs out with some of the things I see happening in our world. I want to “un-remember” certain posts on social media, news clips that leave me baffled, and carnage. Please, tell me what the Christ followers are doing in all of this? There are MANY who are pulling together and can see the big picture of LOVE, but the majority of those who are supposed to be loving, compassionate, caring, and forgiving are, in fact, none of the above. The fruit on the tree from which we hang precariously has dried up. People are just fine sitting in dead churches, going to church each Sunday and nearly killing each other on the way home, refusing to go to the altar for prayer for fear of what the person next to them will think. They are sitting on thrones of judgment, looking down on other Christians who are just trying to walk out this thing called life, and we wonder why the world is black and grey instead of light and life.
Our new “normal”, the life we are now accustomed to living, is now fed off our need to just COPE. We don’t recognize peace when we see it, it has become so foreign, so we create chaos just to survive.
Isaiah came onto the scene LONG before Christ. He came with a message of salvation and hope to another land with other people who had been robbed of peace by the stresses and turmoil of life, another group of people much like ourselves, who were also hanging from a fruitless, dead tree by a rope. But Isaiah had a message, much like our message of hope for today. The MESSIAH is coming! Peace is on the way! A new tree will be planted!
Isaiah 11:1-10 – A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
We can’t “wish away” the terror of the world we live in, but we CAN CHOOSE to live differently from the world, to bear fruit on the dead tree from which we hang, to live in peace with not only ourselves, but with other Christians (other HUMAN BEINGS who fail life daily, too), and also with the lost who need our life sustaining light in order to bear their own fruit. Jesus saves, but He also transforms. When He came to earth as a new and improved Tree of Life, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah and countless others, He wanted to TRANSFORM us. When WE pick and choose our words, our actions, our discord, our bitterness, our unforgiveness; we are then choosing to let peace leave us. We NEED Christ in order to sustain our lives in this world of chaos.
You can read Isaiah 6-10 about Isaiah’s commission and prophecies at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Isaiah
To further your reading, consider this from:
2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love and self-discipline.
We don’t get peace by just doing as we please and living our lives any old way to suit ourselves. It is when we come into right standing with God and seek to follow His ways that peace will be there. Peace comes with repentance–by turning around and going a different way. Peace comes with turning towards God –not away from Him.
Related Scriptures: John 7:24; Psalm 72:2; Ephesians 6:14