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.


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