Thy Kingdom Come
Today Isaiah gives his original readers a glimpse past the difficult times of Judah during the prophet’s long ministry (Isaiah 9-12). God revealed that a day was approaching when His kingdom would come fully upon the earth.
The end of all things
They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:9 (ESV)
Don’t you long for that day to come? I do.
And for now
Meanwhile, Jesus told His disciples to pray that God’s kingdom would come and that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. [See Matthew 6:9-13]. Many centuries have passed since Jesus spoke those words and even more since Isaiah wrote his book. But God’s elect people cannot be discouraged or distracted. We will not give up until He comes and His will is done everywhere. God declared it. His prophets and apostles wrote it. We read it and trust it. It will be done.
The Apostle John wrote : “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20 (ESV).
Keep trusting. Keep praying.
[For more reflections on this passage, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].