Scripture for Today: Isaiah 35:10 “And the ransomed of the Lord will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion, with everlasting joy upon their heads. And they will find gladness and joy and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
My husband loves his hats! However, the one pictured here is only a distant memory! It was the perfect hat! It had metal in the rim and could be twisted this way and that for the perfect look! He was able to enjoy it for only a few days. On a ferry ride, it blew off his head and into the waters of the Atlantic. Oh, the shock and regret of that moment! There was nothing to do but watch it drift away.
In our verse for today, there is something very different on the head! Hats will have to make way for everlasting joy! This prophecy of Isaiah made reference to a literal return of the Israelites from exile in Babylon. They would one day return to Jerusalem or Zion. But in a larger sense it can refer to all whom the Lord has redeemed. One day there will be a highway traveled only by the redeemed and it will lead right into God’s Millennial Kingdom. There will be uninterrupted joy in the presence of our King!
In God’s presence is fullness of joy! (Psalm 16:11) In the future there will be no sorrow nor sighing. One day there will be no tears. Even the memories of struggle and disappointment will completely fade. It will all flee away in the overwhelming joy and gladness of His very presence! What a day that will be when I see Christ! “One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase.”
Thank you, Lord, that even today in Your presence I can live a bit of that joy!