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The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;Isaiah 35:1-2 (ESV)
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
Isaiah is encouraging God’s people for Jesus’ return – the ultimate joy of returning.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,Isaiah 35:5-6 (ESV)
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
There are signs of what are yet to come and they are pointing to the salvation that Jesus is bringing to the world.
It is beyond our imagination or the words to describe, but Isaiah gives us a glimpse.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall returnIsaiah 35:10 (ESV)
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
It’s not just God returning, but also the ransomed of the Lord – us! The closest picture we have of this is the story of the prodigal son.
Joy is obtained, not inherent or natural. It’s obtained from God and reflects God’s joy over us.
The Lord your God is in your midst,Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
God’s joy is now. We don’t have to wait! Our duty (or calling) doesn’t steal our joy but can add to it because with God all things are possible.