30 Days – Day 18: Isaiah 2

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days 
      That the mountain of the LORD’s house
      Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
      And shall be exalted above the hills;
      And all nations shall flow to it. 
      Many people shall come and say,

      “ Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
      To the house of the God of Jacob;
      He will teach us His ways,
      And we shall walk in His paths.”  ~Isaiah 2:2-3

One day a King is coming to take His place in Jerusalem and judge the earth in equity and in truth.  He will rule with uncompromising fairness as the only ruler who ever has been who has the right to judge by heart motives as much as by the fruit of actions.  He delights in this day.  The Father will take up residence on the earth and live with men once more, for all of eternity.  It is the apex of human history; it is the dearest dream of His heart–to dwell in unhindered fellowship with His beloved creation.  When we read the pages of His love story, we find references to the Day throughout.  It is one of His favorite things about which to talk.

It is interesting to me that His delight in sending the mountain of His city to the earth in Isaiah 2 is in the nations that will come to Him and delight in learning His ways.  How kind the Lord is.  He does not expect us to automatically understand Him.  He knows that His ways are higher than ours and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  He understands what Paul asked in Romans 1: How can they hear without someone preaching to them.  In that Day, the Lord will take on the burden of instructing us in His ways Himself.  We will learn about Him through His own teaching instead of “through a glass, dimly.” 

Therefore, it is safe to say that God places great value on revealing Himself to us; and in this context, David’s words in Psalm 51 take on new meaning:

 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
   and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 
Do not cast me from your presence
   or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
   and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   so that sinners will turn back to you.  ~Psalm 51:10-13

David understood what so many of us in modern day church fail to understand–that a great purpose in getting clean before the Lord and restoring our relationship with Him is so that we will teach sinners His ways.  We tend to be fairly solid on seeking the Presence of the Lord for its benefit to us.  We enjoy the restoration of His intimacy for our own joy and sustainance.  We have no problem teaching the “churched” who think like us about His ways; but it’s not easy to target those who society and church reject with His ways. 

I have to admit, I often feel like it’s hopeless to reach out to that friend for the fiftieth time when she remains as severely rooted in her drug problem as she was three years ago when I met her.  I prefer to expend my energy on the people who are willing to help themselves.  It’s one thing to be an evangelist, blow through with a fiery altar call, and see multitudes vow to live God-centered lives; but it’s another thing altogether to be the ones at home after the evangelist moves to another city who watch those responders fall back into the cycle of perpetual broken relationships, substance abuse, stealing, etc.  That is when we desperately need the joy of our salvation renewed, that we may regain God’s desire that the nations would learn His ways. 

May you see with renewed vision today!

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