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Heaven’s Refrain

Isaiah 22:12b-13

The Lord GOD of hosts called for weeping and mourning, for baldness and wearing sackcloth; and behold, joy and gladness, … eating flesh and drinking wine. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

Have you considered that those who make a mockery of God only succeed at making a mockery of themselves? Look again at the above Scripture and notice how the impenitence of pride starts with a raised fist—"let us eat and drink”—but ends with a white flag—"for tomorrow we die.” See, manufactured joy can’t even last the night. For those who consider themselves autonomous, for those who raise a fist to God and to His Word, for those who call themselves gods of their own destiny and judges of what is right, for those who’ve never looked themselves in the mirror, recognized the depths of their corruption, and wept before the Lord, joy is a mirage. It’s a fading dream. It’s as fleeting as a pint of beer on a drunk man’s pub crawl.

So Christian, light up your joyless world today by showing souls lost in the dark what joy really looks like. Overcome the chant of hell—“eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”—with the song of Heaven—“taste and see that the LORD is good”.