The 90 Day Challenge Day 88 – Promises & Joyful Singing

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“Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy… Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.” – Isaiah 35: 2a, 10

Singing, joy, and gladness will one day be mine in abundance. Joy will be even more than abundant. It will be everlasting. While I can surround myself with music now, abundant singing from a joyful heart that never dissipates is a whole other level of singing. Joy that lasts forever will be a new experience. Joy is temporary now. It can change in a flash due to circumstances. But when Jesus comes, sorrow and mourning will disappear. Sorrow, mourning, sadness are unwanted regular companions that come and go at will in my life now. Some events leave a sadness that never quite goes away. But a day is coming when it will be gone forever. The presence of God, his glory, singing and joy will be so overwhelming I will one day forget what sorrow and mourning are like! Bring it.

Father, I look forward to Jesus coming again and filling my life with singing and joy on a whole new level. In the mean time, guide me to sing and rejoice now, in spite of my situation, as part of the preparation for what I will enjoy for eternity.
JT

Readings: Isaiah 4, Isaiah 35, Isaiah 65, Zechariah 9

90 Days With Jesus & The Disciples – Day 7

John 2:1-3:36, 4:1-4, Luke 3:19-20, Mark 1:14, Matthew 4:12, Luke 4:14, John 4:4-45

…”that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (15, 16)

Most of us know John 3:16.  Reading the passages today I realized that twice, in two back to back sentences, Jesus says the exact same thing.  Here He emphasizes the most important truth of His coming to earth – to give eternal life to those who believe in Him.  Without Him we perish – perish just like any organic material.  Jesus alone moves a person from perishing to eternal life.

It is a good reminder that my, our, Christian life is not primarily about being comfortable, happy, or whatever else.  It is not about whether we sing hymns or contemporary Christian music.  It is not just about going to work, paying the bills, and getting through another day.  It is about people moving from perishing to eternal life by believing in Jesus.  Maybe we think these things… and maybe we should say them more… “whoever believes” – no matter who we are or what we have done.

Lord, use our words, and actions to help others believe in Him and move from perishing to eternal life.

JT