They shall not hurt or destroy in all of my holy mountain;

for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 11: 9

 

What a time to consider; what a glorious day this will be! Think about what it would be like to walk out of your door into an environment where everyone and all things were not just filled with an understanding of God and of His ways, but they are actually infused with the Lord. The essential make up of this world is all God. That is the picture that Isaiah paints for us here.

 

Although this is a future promise, and we can do nothing to influence the moment in history when God will make it so, this is also a statement of the potential that exists within each of us. As we stop fighting against God and make peace within our own hearts with His will, we begin to move into this eternal state of shalom with the Lord. I know for myself that the more I set aside my will and seek the Lord’s, the more His presence will fill me.

 

As I am filled with this intimate knowledge of the Lord and as I allow His Spirit to change my being into the one that He calls me to become, my life is changed into one that reflects more fully the Lord’s desired state of being as a person who is intended to carry God’s image into my world. In these days, this is an important way for this full knowledge of God to be communicated to the world; for the Lord uses the lives of His followers to make His love, grace, and redemption real to other people and to bring His healing touch to all aspects and to every corner of this world.

 

The Lord is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all,

and his mercy is over all that he has made.

Psalm 145: 8, 9

 

Feelings are powerful. God made us to be people who had them and who were impacted deeply by the way that we feel. Although they can get in the way of handling life clearly, reasonably, and rationally; feeling nothing is worse than experiencing too much emotion. Some of us do seem to put out our feelers farther into the atmosphere than do others. Some people show very little on the outside while experiencing much on the inside. These differences, within bounds, are a part of the extraordinary fabric of God’s design for humanity. In this range of feeling and of expressing them we are an image of the emotional make-up of our Creator.

 

There are times and situations that we encounter that make it very hard to go on from day to day. The feelings that we are having are so strong, overwhelming and even oppressive that they have us pinned to the mat and are trying to count us out of the processes of functional living. None of this comes as a surprise to God. Nothing that we feel is beyond His experience. No matter how badly we may be feeling about the way that we are feeling and about its impact on our ability go on with life, God wants to respond to us and to bring His healing touch of mercy to our pain.

 

We may think that the depth or the unrelenting strength of the feelings that we are having is caused by some form of failure to trust God and to enter into His peace; thus, we may start to believe that God could not love and care for me in this time of my life. This is exactly the opposite of how God views His people. He knows us from the level of our individual cells, and He is fully aware of the broken nature of the world that we live in. Also, the Lord sees and feels our pain and suffering. As we turn to Him, He will comfort us out of the unending love, grace, and mercy that are the center of God’s heart and the foundation of His nature.