Thought for the day # 211

 

EVERLASTING JOY

 

 

So the ransomed of the LORD will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion, and everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.  Isaiah 51:11    (New American Standard Bible)

 

Sorrow and pain attach themselves to us continually. Life is filled with pitfalls of heartache and injustice. Though we try to live above disappointment, we often fall into the trap of despair. 

 

We may be grieving over a great personal loss or overwhelmed with concern about a family member.  Perhaps financial pressures or health problems have brought worry and concern. Life seems difficult and unfair.

 

God wants us to be encouraged. He reminds us that the day will come when this world will be ruled by his own people. He tells us that Jesus is coming back to take charge. He will rule with perfect righteousness and judgment.

 

The ransomed of the Lord will return with Him. We will come with a joyful shout. We will take charge and rule with absolute justice. We will all be changed, becoming as He is. Our heavy load will be removed, our tears wiped away, never to be remembered again. Sorrow and heartache will be destroyed.

 

We will have everlasting joy and abiding peace upon us continually. Surely, the prophetic fulfillments taking place in the world today are about to be completed. The return of the King of Kings is imminent. The establishment of His perfect kingdom is drawing near. Those who remain faithful to their Redeemer will rule and reign with him.  What a wonderful and beautiful day that will be.

 

When the load is heavy and hard to bear, lift up your heart in faith and hope. Sin and death, along with all of their terrible consequences, will come to an end. The joy of His righteousness will rule. Gladness and joy will rest upon us. Sorrow and mourning will be gone forever. We will be filled with the joyful singing of the Redeemed.

 

Prayer:

 

My Heavenly Father, I acknowledge your glorious deity. You are Almighty God. I want to live faithfully for you. Help me not to be discouraged. I want to keep your Covenant promise wherein you declared that you would return. I want to be among those who will rule with you. Please help me to be faithful and to walk uprightly in your Kingdom. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Lord. Amen.