"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.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." - Isaiah 2:2–3
There was a time when those who chose to be somewhere else other than church on Sunday, were people of little faith. Today, even those who are believers consider themselves to be quite faithful by attending church once every three to four weeks. According to Church leadership.org, every year more than 4000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1000 new church starts! When will spiritual hunger and passion return?
Isaiah prophesied at a time that was quite similar to our day. The words of Isaiah 1:4 make the point clearly... "They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged." The heart of God's people had grown cold and their worship superficial. Today's passage, which is repeated in Micah 4:1-3, gives hope for a new day. In that day, the house of the Lord will be established and spiritual hunger and passion will return.
We who have experienced the great transformation of the new birth have no reason to wait for a new day. Now is the time to come to his house, that he may teach us his ways so we may walk in his paths. Now is the time to seek the Lord every day privately and every week with the congregation of fellow believers. Don't wait for spiritual hunger and passion to return.