“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.” Anne Frank
As we look at our world, we can’t help but see the amount of suffering going on. Atrocities being done to Christians in foreign lands. We see persecution right here in our own country. There are people in poverty – those who live in the streets – folks with deadly diseases – unrest in our children – death, destruction, fear, anxiety, depression at an all time high.
Within the confines of our homes there is abuse, neglect, lack of love, insecurity. In the workplace there those climbing the ladder of success in a dog eat dog society that concentrates on self rather than service to others.
We have those who can’t get over the political scene as it is. Those refusing to attend the inauguration of our ELECTED president. Folks who simply cannot accept that fact that this man is going to lead us. Scandal and deception continues in our media. Where and when will it all come to an end?
When God spoke through Isaiah centuries ago, the world wasn’t much different than it is today. We have the advantage of reading those words and applying them to our daily walk. Our prayers are important to God. Before we utter one word, He already knows our requests.
In this section of Isaiah 65, He is speaking about the end times, judgment and salvation. He speaks of a new heaven and a new earth where the wolf and the lamb will feed together. Everything will be new again. There will be no more tears, no sadness, no death.
We long for the day, don’t we? We often feel hopeless when we look around us, but if our focus remains on God and His promises, our fears will soon melt away. The devil knows how easily we become distracted and uses that to pull us away from the one important thing in life – God’s promise.