Devotion for Tuesday after Advent 1

PrayerIsaiah 2:1-5 (NASB)
1 The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Now it will come about that
In the last days
The mountain of the house of the Lord
Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills;
And all the nations will stream to it.
3 And 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;
That He may teach us concerning His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For the law will go forth from Zion
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 And He will judge between the nations,
And will render decisions for many peoples;
And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they learn war.
5 Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Isaiah’s prophecy may seem hard to believe as we look around us at a world filled with hate and violence and war. Yet we know, if the words are in God’s Word, they came from Him, and His words are truth. We can look for this promise to be fulfilled in God’s timing, as His promises are always fulfilled. As we wait in faith, we can do our part to bring about the promise. We can’t stop war, but we can stop hating our neighbors. We can’t bring about peace in the world, but we can make peace with estranged family members and friends. We can’t make everyone know the Word of the Lord, but we can share the Gospel with those who don’t know it. We can walk in the light of the Lord, and we can pray and watch and ask God to cleanse our hearts as we wait for Jesus’s glorious Second Coming when we will be together with Him forever.

Heavenly Father, in a world filled with strife and war within and among nations, we long for the day when there will be war no more. In a time when people learn the ways of the Lord and walk in Your paths, we long for the day when every knee will bow to the name of Jesus. Lord, we trust Your promise that the day is coming when nation will not lift up sword against nation, the day when the nations shall stream to the house of the Lord. As we wait for the fulfillment of Your promise that Jesus is coming again, let us walk in the light of Lord. As we await the return of Jesus, let us live as if we were already in His house. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, now and forever, world without end. Amen.

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