I am not often around farm animals, but when I read this verse I remembered my sister’s baby goat, Sunshine. My sister and brother-in-law had built a home in rural Arkansas in the early seventies. Part of my graduation gift was a visit with them. Sunshine was a sweet thing who loved being fed from his bottle and enjoyed galloping around the place. She would kick up her heels when especially happy. I finally understood where our expression came from; “acting like a kid.”
Today’s verse describes calves rather than goats skipping about. The image is of sweet release from their confinement. When the Lord comes back it will be a sobering day of judgement. But for those who fear His name, there will be healing and release. Sin will be judged by Jesus, the Son of Righteousness, and He will make everything right. No evil will go unpunished and all will be brought to light.
There are times I watch a silly movie where the bad guys look like they are going to get away with everything. Then, at the last minute, after lots of nail-biting tension, the good guys win! At that moment, it is not uncommon for me to get up and cheer! That joy at seeing right prevail is what is ahead for believers. The joy will be so intense, we will want to kick up our heels and act like a kid! I can get discouraged watching sin seemingly triumph. Or I can live life skipping with joy knowing that one day right will prevail!
Lord, thank you that You will make everything right.