“It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
and many peoples 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.’…
O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the LORD.”
Isaiah 2:2-3, 5
Reading these verses stirs a longing in my heart for these latter days, when the world will recognize the glory of our God and every knee will bow before our Savior. It is such a beautiful picture…His truth unveiled and all darkness shattered.
Then as I read verse 5, I am reminded of the light in which we are called to walk as God’s chosen people. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,” and in verse 130 the psalmist writes, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” The light of our Lord comes from His Word. This Word which is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). This word which is firmly fixed in the heavens forever (Psalm 119:89).
As we study the Word of God, His Spirit unfolds its depth and instills its truth in our heart. We still may not understand the terrain around us, but we walk confidently in His light, trusting that our Lord can see clearly even in the deepest darkness and that He will not let us fall. If we are clinging to His Word, we stand on certain ground. We no longer base our hope on what we can see, but on who our God is. We fix our eyes on His glory and stand firmly on His unchanging character. We trust in His faithfulness, His steadfast love, and His great power.
As radiant and beautiful as the light of our Lord is, there is still the ever-present temptation to turn to the darkness. To allow sin and various hindrances to enter our heart. We quickly forget His glory and exchange it for something vastly less, something that will satisfy only momentarily and will always let us down. Let us rise to the challenge to walk in the light of the Lord. It is difficult at times, but if we hold fast to the good and keep our gaze fixed on Christ, we will know unspeakable joy, immeasurable peace, and His all-sustaining grace.
“For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness” (Psalm 26:3). This is the reality of our walk in the light of the Lord. Steadfast love and faithfulness, every step of the way. His goodness and mercy pursuing us, His blessings overtaking us, as each morning dawns. So let us “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). O house of Jacob, all who have been grafted into the people of God, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.