A Week With Isaiah: God in Control
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 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.
Isaiah 11:1, 6-9 New International Version (NIV)
Because He is its Prince, Jesus often spoke of peace. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit that God desires we all share. The description of lambs and leopards laying around with goats and babies depicts harmony we have never known in this world. It takes BIG faith to believe in the restoration of a plan we know nothing of. Yet, our Good God created the world to be good. Sin messed it up. So He sent His only Son, Jesus, to begin the end that disruption and He's coming back to finish it. God is in total control and He wants us to know that.
God's earth will one day be filled with only those who know Him and who live in the peace He had planned from the beginning. And then He can go back to making everything else perfect. In the meantime, the best we can do is strive to be those who know Him. That is what we must all be working on now. We need to know our Rescuer. Our rescue depends on it.
Here is a message for all who are weak, trembling, and worried:
“Cheer up! Don’t be afraid. Your God is coming to punish your enemies. God will take revenge on them and rescue you.” Isaiah 35:3-4 CEV