By Robert Brock

A Promise of Joy Yet To Come

Isaiah 51:11-13

“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away,” Isaiah 51:11.

“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:4, 5). All through the Bible, preceding joy there was trouble. The blood sacrifice of Jesus made it possible to project present circumstances into a future Garden of Eden where, “the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain” (Revelation 21:3-5).

My mother used to rock her babies to sleep by singing loud enough to drown out all of earth’s noises. It was almost frightening. The song that she sung was an old, country-gospel song, “We’ll understand it better by and by.” That song cemented into her babies’ minds—surely there is something good coming along by and by.

God sings from Heaven “everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away” (Isaiah 51:11). The believer sings back to God, “I don’t know about tomorrow, but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”

THOUGHT: Be of good cheer in the new year. God 
is in charge of time and the sweet by and by.

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