“And the redeemed of the Lord will return
and come to Zion with singing,
crowned with unending joy.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee.”
(Isaiah 51:11, HCSB)
This world sometimes seems like all we’ve got. Stuff sucks around here, and it can seem like there’s no hope anywhere anymore. Seems like stuff will always suck.
As Christians, though, we have to remember that stuff will NOT always suck.
God allows things in the world, in this life, to suck. If it didn’t, why would we have faith? Why would we turn to God? Why would we cry out in desperation to be saved?
We need to remember that this life isn’t everything. In fact, this life hardly matters at all, except that in this life we make the decision to follow God or not, therefore directing our eternal destiny. And to lead others toward the Lord concerning their eternal destiny.
Other than that? This life don’t mean squat.
Imagine what it’s going to be like in Heaven, once we’ve accepted God’s gift of salvation. This passage says we’ll literally be overtaken by joy. That is such a beautiful way to put it. “Joy and gladness will overtake them…” We will be engulfed completely by joy. Raw joy. Utter joy. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful joy.
FOR ALL ETERNITY.
Imagine the maximum time this life takes up. It sounds pretty big. Sounds really big, in fact, to some of us. Don’t know about you, but it’s actually kind of scary to me. Seriously – what if I live that long? Gosh, I want to get to heaven sooner than that.
But in comparison to eternity, this life is nothing. Zilch. Eternally, time doesn’t even exist. There is so much time left in eternity that there is no time. Once you’ve gotten to the end of eternity, there are still 50,000,000,000,000,000 eternities ahead of you. And at the end of that, 50,000,000,000,000,000 more. Eternity does not end.
This life is zilch in comparison to eternity. And yet, when this life ends, I can spend eternity itself with God.
So, being saved, don’t get all caught up in how terrible (or how wonderful) this world is.
When it ends, we will be overtaken with joy forever.
I live this life in anticipation of an eternity with God.
I can’t wait to stand before my Dad and know I did the right thing.
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