Isaiah 2:1-5

As soon as the Russian invasion of Ukraine began nine months ago, analysts began comparing this aggression to similar acts in history. Attempts to understand and predict how this particular war might unfold relied heavily on past military strategies. Commentators compared current leaders to past ones. While technological advances always alter the logistics of war, the mindset of nations raising swords against nations remains ancient and uninspired.

God envisions better ways for humanity to live and is constantly teaching and inspiring us to learn those paths and walk them. This vision of God’s better way runs through Scripture. It includes the Ten Commandments offered on Mount Sinai. It leads Jeremiah to announce a new covenant written on human hearts. Jesus becomes the criterion for understanding Scripture and learning a new way to live. Paul reminds the Corinthians that love is the more excellent way and invites us to participate in this life made known in Christ.

And today Isaiah reminds us that God offers creative vision and instruction beyond what we know and understand. God draws us near that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths (v. 3). In God’s vision, the nations shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (v. 4). 

The first step in learning new ways to love is to draw near to God so that God may teach us those ways. Let this be the day for a new lesson with God. Let us say yes to the opportunity to leave behind stubborn mindsets and practice new possibilities.

Consider

Where are love and peace lacking in your life? What is one way you can actively participate in God’s work of love today? 

Pray

God of tender mercies, move within me, replacing violence with compassion, unrest with resting in you, and dulled imagination with expectant creativity that anticipates your hopeful future. Amen.



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