In the need for transparency I feel I mush declare an interest.
This passage from Isaiah is is one of my favourites. In fact I would go further, I’ve never met a passage of Isaiah I didn’t like.
Today’s passage speaks of such hope, a hope that only God can fulfil.
It paints an image that is almost impossible to imagine. Predators living peaceably with their prey led by a little child. This change will not effect just one hunter and hunted but all of nature will be at peace. The change does not always lie with the powerful predator: it is at the lamb’s invitation that the wolf becomes a guest. It is the one that has the most to lose that initiates change.
When filled with the gifts of the Spirit we too can take courageous changes. Changes that are necessary for everyone to thrive, that leaves no one isolated, hungry, thirsty, cold or homeless in a peaceful world. A world that when stewarded well provides more than enough for all.
Knowing that we can claim Abraham as our father is to acknowledge that we hold a place of privilege. That privilege must not be taken for granted but used responsibly to bring about the Kingdom. A Kingdom that is full of surprises, that makes the impossible possible, where repentance is not fearful but full of joy and leads to the production of good fruit that nourishes all.
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding;
a spirit of counsel and of strength;
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD;
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.