Isaiah 11:6-9 (VOICE)
A day will come when the wolf will live peacefully beside the wobbly-kneed lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;
The calf and yearling, newborn and slow, will rest secure with the lion;
and a little child will tend them all.
Bears will graze with the cows they used to attack;
even their young will rest together,
and the lion will eat hay, like gentle oxen.
Neither will a baby who plays next to a cobra’s hole
nor a toddler who sticks his hand into a nest of vipers suffer harm.
All my holy mountain will be free of anything hurtful or destructive,
for as the waters fill the sea,
The entire earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Eternal.
There is no denying that our world is divided and tense and at any moment feels as though it will all come crashing down. This is the antithesis of what the Prince of Peace hopes for us and wants to instill in us. It’s hard to wrap our heads around peace when every where we look is about comparison and selfishness and fighting and injustice. How do we carry both the nature of our current world and believing that Jesus came to bring peace?
If we were to focus our eyes on only the state of our world, we will miss it. We will miss the peace and shalom we are offered and promised through Christ. Isaiah again prophecies of a new day that is on the horizon. A day when the wolf and lamb with live peacefully, the bears and cows will graze alongside one another, and a baby who plays by a cobra’s hole will suffer no harm. Isaiah is telling of the day that Jesus comes as the Prince of Peace and a day of rest. Peaceful rest. When we won’t always have to be looking over our shoulder for the next predator. We will be able to rest deeply in the peace and presence of Jesus. Advent reminds us of the soul-refreshing rest given through Jesus’ birth and to expect shalom and redemption when he comes again.
Lectio Divina Practice
As you walk through the Lectio Divina today, read the scripture above and meditate on it, allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal himself to you.
Read Isaiah 11:6-10 together. The world can seem like it is a sad place to be with a lot of fighting. Jesus came to remind us how peace has come to earth through Christ and how a peaceful rest will fully come to earth when he returns. When do you feel most at peace? When do you feel most at rest? Is there somewhere you like to go to rest? What does it say about God’s character that he wants to restore perfect peace?