The Wolf and the Lamb

Mike Vaal

READ : Isaiah 11:6-9

For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (v. 9)

An estimated 600 wolves now live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Late last winter I watched two of them cross a frozen bay, as they stopped occasionally to rest or look for water around exposed rocks. It was an amazing sight. It would have been more amazing to see a lamb (or a young deer) come alongside one of those wolves and lie down next to it. Ours is a world where lambs do not get close to wolves—and live to tell about it.

Isaiah gives us a picture of a time when the created world will be turned upside down. Better yet, it will be turned right side up, and restored to its intended condition. Redemption won’t just affect wolves and lambs, but leopards and goats, calves and lions, and most of all, human beings. It will be an amazingly different world.

It’s no secret that our world is not in balance. Even our well-meaning attempts to fix things often create more problems. God’s new order of things will come about, Isaiah says, not by human efforts but because “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.” —Mike Vaal


Father, I look forward to the time when all creatures will know you and peace will be restored to your creation.