A devotion on Isaiah 40:4-5
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain. The LORD’s glory shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.”
Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered for his role in the movement for equality in America.
A brilliant scholar, King graduated from high school at 15, won a fellowship to Crozer Seminary, and went on to receive his doctorate. He helped lead the bus boycott of 1956 that ultimately ended segregation on buses. He traveled over six million miles, capturing the world’s attention as he carried the message of equality and led the civil rights movement in America.
King suffered arrest and assault for his passions. At 35, he was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at the time.
Martin Luther King followed Jesus. He did not lead a tepid life. He strove for peace. He strove for justice. He strove for human kindness. He pursued making Christian virtues into social virtues, hoping to make qualities Jesus commanded of His followers become qualities our laws embraced. He dreamt of the world of equality for all.
Someday King’s Savior will return.
Isaiah 40 says everyone will see Jesus coming. Every knee will bow. There will be no more competition -- no more fighting for fairness. All the restless moving will stop and God will make peace.
Then the ultimate peace prize will be all of ours to enjoy: real world peace.
Dear Lord, I long to see Your glory revealed. I want to remain faithful to You and rejoice in Your return. May the day of Your coming be soon. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
How am I involved in making the world a more Christ-like place?