God’s Light

Key Texts: Isaiah 2:1-5

This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

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.

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.

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.

Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

 

In Isaiah’s vision of the “day of the Lord” we are given a glimpse of a world that is as different from our current one as can hardly be imagined.

  • The Lord’s heavenly temple firmly established
  • People streaming to it in praise and wonder
  • Nations coming together, calling each other to go to the “mountaintop”
  • God’s law firmly established
  • Divine justice settling all disputes
  • A world where violence has been done away with, as people have beaten their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks
  • No more planning, or training for, or dreading war
  • All walking – no longer in darkness – but in God’s eternal light

What a vision!

When will it come?  No one knows for sure, though many like to speculate.

But it is a vision for us to ponder, and prayerfully anticipate.

In the meantime, there is something else for the people of God to do as well.

Why not try walking, at least a step or two, guided by God’s light – even now?

Just imagine where it might lead.

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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