1 In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
2 Many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
4 Everyone will sit under their own vine
and under their own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
for the LORD Almighty has spoken.
Life has its challenges; let's face it, it is hard to live this life, and it is especially hard to be good in doing it. In fact, without the Spirit of God it is impossible. Each and every day things happen in our lives that test us, and we experience things that hurt us deeply.
We lose loved ones, we lose our jobs, we encounter difficult relationships, or rebellious children; these are the things of life, and they make us long for a better future. We grow tired in the difficulty and we cry out for relief from the hurt and the pain. We may wonder where God is in all of this.
Although at times we may want to give up, and we are so weary that we can't take it anymore, we need to look to God as our hope of something better. He sent us His Son Jesus to walk among us and to pay for our shortcomings, so that one day we could be with Him. He walked in our shoes to show us that there is something better to look forward to.
Believe me my friends, I know it is hard, and I know you can't stand anymore, but never lose your hope in the One who loves you. He has promised you a hope and a future, though for a little while you must go through difficulty in this world. Jesus Christ will set things right, and if we call on Him as Savior and Lord, we will find relief for our grief and pain.