"Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent-its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all My holy mountain, says the Lord" (Isaiah 65:24-25).
We look forward to that day when You set all things right. We look forward to the fullness of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. And yet, at the same time, we appreciate every foretaste we have now of what we will have then. We thank You now for the expression of Your Kingdom we already have in Christ, even as we groan with all creation for the fullness of Your Kingdom yet to come. "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God ... in hope that the creation itself will be set from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God" (Romans 8:18-21). Praise God for the expectancy and hope of that day-O happy day!
This morning a wild deer came so near to my wife, Sylvia, that she was able to reach out and pet it! What immediately came to mind was, "The lamb shall lie down with the lion." What a picture now of the age to come. The wild at heart will remain wild, being all You created them to be; yet at the same time, there will be peace and honor and love. O Lord, change our hearts, move us in prayer, anoint us and empower us with authority as the Body and Bride of Christ to expectantly call forth that day of the restoration of all things-"waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God!" (2 Peter 3:12) In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, You're Invited to the Messiah Ministries Christmas Gathering on December 2nd! Please come join us for a festive time with all our friends, 7-9 PM in the Foyer at Centenary UMC in Lexington, 2800 Tates Creek Road. Please let Marilyn Walker know if you're thinking of coming to help with our planning: DirOfMinistries@aol.com or 859-317-1591
Tommy & Sylvia Hays