A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, November 30, 2020
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Hey! Alright, the Daily Dose for November 30 is from Micah 4:1-5. I’d like to have you try to picture this, imagine it- if you can, while I’m reading.
In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised up above the hills.
Peoples shall stream to it,
and many nations shall come and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they 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;
but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
and no one shall make them afraid;
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
For all the peoples walk,
each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
forever and ever.
Here ends the reading.
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Ideal? Picturesque? I’m greatly comforted by trying to imagine that today. I love the part where they’re not afraid anymore. They sit in community with one another, under their own vines and under their own fig trees. Drinking wine and eating fruit and being in community with each other in ways of peace. They’re not warring against each other anymore. Their swords have been hammered into plowshares and their weapons have been turned into hooks to prune their gardens. That’s where they’re spending their time now, in their gardens, and not in fields of war, but in relationship with one another.
I think it’s intriguing, the very beginning of this passage speaks to the need we all have in seeking God. I love the part where it says that: “In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and… peoples shall stream to it”.
I think that speaks to the heart tug and the desire that people have to understand something bigger than themselves, to understand the Divine, to connect with God in a way that’s meaningful. One of the things that can happen sometimes is when people are going through a hard time, sometimes they’re more open to God. Often, their faith can deepen, even in those difficult experiences. I know, certainly, that has been true for me. Alot of the difficult experiences that I have gone through have really deepened my faith a lot. I think that’s not an uncommon thing to occur. So, one thing to consider in this Advent season, is there may be people around you, who for whatever reason, are more open to hearing about God right now. More open to thinking about God. Maybe they have more questions about God. Maybe they’ve had more time to ponder and reflect about God and what God might mean in their lives. So, while you’re in community with one another… whether that is sitting in your own home, drinking a glass of wine and zooming with a friend, or FaceTiming over coffee, or talking on the telephone or writing an email… it’s an opportunity to talk about God in authentic ways to someone who might really be desiring to hear it and craving that right now. Because people do stream to the mountain at times.
So I encourage you to think about that today and I encourage you to rest and relax in your own sense of peace without fear. Knowing that you’re in relationship with a wonderful God who invites you into that space. Just like this text talks about ‘we’re going to go follow the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways’. Know that God will teach you God’s ways. And others will notice your relationship with God and potentially be interested: ‘I want to know their God, I want to understand that more’. So, maybe that’s something you can think about today, as you rest in calm, non-anxious peace with God. Enjoy your time on the mountain with a God who loves you. Bye-bye.