Peaceful Dust

“Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.” (Isaiah 40:15 )

Every nation prays to a god, and most of these prayers are meant to be received by the same Deity and Divinity that we name our Lord God. But each nation, according to this verse, means nothing in the grander scale of things. [I know; bad pun.] So why would the prayers of nations of dust be important to God?

The writer of Isaiah is not seeking to make his/her feels secure or good about themselves. The writer of Isaiah is seeking to portray the vastness and power of God. Verse 10 says, “See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.” But at least we are all together in the bucket and fellow specks in the dust. And if one speck is no better than the other, we should live in peace.

For if the nations are like dust, our squabbles and war are just as important. What was fought over 500 years ago is past history and is like the dust the history books are covered with.

Does it truly matter what brings nations to war? The point is that they warred, and warred over things that are not a part of our lives today. And the things we war over today will be but history in another 500 years. But that we have warred, hated, fought, and died, that will be remembered by us. But to the Divine it is yet more of creation hating and dying; we would be better served to break from history and have multiple generations of peace.

I asked why would the prayers of nations of dust be important to God. Our prayers are important if and when they seek peace, compassion, and healing so that the dust that settles over history is the dust of peace and that each succeeding generation can rest in that peace.

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