Words from the Heart for Monday November 12th, 2018
In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.
Isaiah 11:6 (NLT)
The Wolf and the Lamb
The prophet Isaiah is shown a day in the future when there will be a supernatural peace. What is not possible now will happen in that day. Only the Lord could cause such a powerful reversal of natural laws. He can do that because He is the Creator and the Eternal God. He holds the future in His hands.
Canada supports the second largest gray wolf population in the world, after Russia. Wolf habitat is diverse in this large country where, historically, wolves range in most areas. Currently, wolves in Canada occupy approximately 90 percent of their historic range. The 10 percent without wolves is primarily near the southern border, except near Lake Superior where wolves still live. It is estimated that there are currently some 60,000 wolves living in Canada and their numbers are increasing.
In 1855 Edward Hicks painted a lovely picture of what the new heaven and the new earth would look like. It was a beautiful picture based on Isaiah 11:6: “In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.” Hicks picture shows a wolf next to a lamb, a leopard beside a baby goat and a young horse and a calf next to the lion. Animals that in our day are natural enemies, in God’s kingdom will live peaceably together. By the way, the Bible never speaks about a lion and lamb together. It speaks about a wolf and lamb and a yearling, calf and lion together, but never a lion and lamb. At any rate, the prophets were given a glimpse into God’s eternal kingdom where the result of sin is erased and mankind and the animal kingdom all get along in peace. How we long for that day. In the meantime, let’s be the peacemakers that God calls His people to be. How can you be a peacemaker today?
These have been words from the heart.