God promises that there will be a day of unity when all nations will be at peace. As long as we are focused on faith in people, though, we will not have this unity on earth. We will need to fix our gaze higher and have faith in God to unify us around himself…
1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.
3 Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.
10 Go into the rocks, hide in the ground
from the fearful presence of the Lord
and the splendor of his majesty!
11 The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled
and human pride brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
22 Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?
Isaiah 2:1-5, 10-11, 22
In Isaiah’s prophecy, there will be a day in which the mountain of God, which is host to the temple of God, will be the focal point of all nations. People will come from everywhere to commune with God and learn from God and receive justice and mediation.
There will be unity on that day when we are all walking in his paths. Swords and spears will be less useful than plowshares and pruning hooks in this day. Yes, those were the words used by Martin Luther King in his I Have a Dream speech. Nations will be at peace and will not be training for war any longer.
How do we get to this day? I’m ready now, aren’t you?
Most times, we hear people say that religion is the cause of conflict and disunity between people groups. How, then, could it be that every nation will be at peace following the God of Jacob?
In Ephesians 2, Jesus is presented as the one who, in himself and his sacrifice, brings all people into unity, breaking down the barriers between people. When we are focused on Jesus and serving him, we will be in unity.
In order for that to happen, though, people will need to give up their pride and humble themselves. Stop trusting in humans. That refers to yourselves and your human leaders who create division and conflict in the name of exalting themselves.
As long as we are focused on faith in people, we will not have unity together on this earth. We need to fix our gaze higher. To the mountain of God. To the place where God dwells.
Do you long for this day? Are you willing to humble yourself toward that day? Will you consider trusting in God over humanity? This starts in your own heart…