Peace with God for eternity
“Rejoice with Jerusalem!
Be glad with her, all you who love her
and all you who mourn for her.
Drink deeply of her glory
even as an infant drinks at its mother’s comforting breasts.”
This is what the Lord says:
“I will give Jerusalem a river of peace and prosperity.
The wealth of the nations will flow to her.
Her children will be nursed at her breasts,
carried in her arms, and held on her lap.
I will comfort you there in Jerusalem
as a mother comforts her child.” Isaiah 66:10-13 NLT
The people of God should have the assurance that He will keep His promises and that He will extend the peace that Jerusalem will enjoy. The abundance of His peace will be like the abundance of milk that a mother will provide His children. It is also described like the abundance of water in a river. Peace is the state of well-being expressed in one’s relations to God and to others. The satisfaction and contentment rest on an innate knowledge of abundance and well-being all because of God’s working and His presence. What we must see in Isaiah’s prophecies is that we need to be clear where we stand in our relationship with God. How we respond to God and His offer of salvation will be the basis if we will experience the total peace He promises those who will believe Him. Our belief should be demonstrated by how we worship Him. What finally matters is who we are in the sight of God. There are only two possible outcomes; when we receive the new life He offers (see Isaiah 66:7-9), we receive the “river of peace and prosperity,” and the wonderful comforts “as a mother comforts her child,” but if we insist on our own way and rejects His offer it will result to scorching rebuke which also will last forever. The Lord Jesus Christ expressed His longing and grief for people to turn to Him and receive what He offers: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 13:34-35).