Today’s Scripture Selection: Revelation 21:4
It sounds too good to be true:
- No sorrow
- No crying
- No pain
- No death
But it’s what God has promised.
The prophet Isaiah put it this way:
“…he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.”
Pure joy – that’s what the Scriptures are talking about.
Not a surface happiness; not a fleeting bit of mirth before it’s back to “business as usual.” And a grim business it can be.
Our world is broken. It has been a long, long time.
And, at least to me, it seems as if parts of it are spinning a little more out of control all the time.
But…God keeps His word. God always keeps His word.
So, joy is coming. We don’t know exactly where; when; how. We don’t know we will experience it first on an individual level (as in “Today, you will be with me in Paradise.”) or on a worldwide level (as in the Church being “caught up” to meet the Lord in the air). But one thing we know for sure – joy – like we have never experienced it – is coming.
And just knowing that can help you face a whole lot of pain.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, thank you for the promise of coming, everlasting, joy. Come, Lord Jesus, Come. AMEN.