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God’s Peaceable Kingdom

Read Isaiah 9:1 through 13:22

Artist Edward Hicks’s mother died when he was a toddler. After following a wayward path as a youth, he dedicated his life to the Lord, becoming a Quaker pastor in the early 1800s. Some thought his fancy paintings did not fit their plain ways. In one of his most famous paintings, “The Peaceable Kingdom,” he portrayed the theme of peace in more than sixty versions. He showed wild and tame animals resting together with a child in their midst. In the background of the painting can be seen a parallel—Native Americans meeting peaceably with white settlers.

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).

Edward Hicks used his paintings to convey his vision for peace among people and to show how the redeemed should live. What are we doing to help bring about this peace? Is there strife in the family? Are there disagreements in the body of Christ? Pray for God’s peace to reign today, and work to make peace a way of life.

Challenge for Today: Look for opportunities to bring peace each day.

Quicklook: Isaiah 11:1–12


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