Forever Happiness!

Forever Happiness!

Written by Collette Fabry

I can still hear the mother’s terrified screams as she ran down the hall yelling over and over, “I told everyone! I told everyone!”

Her distraught eyes caught mine. I sighed deeply as she yelled “Who didn’t listen?!?” Her son, severely allergic to peanuts, had somehow ingested them at school and was unconscious on his classroom floor.

Recalling this incident, I am reminded of the prophets in the Bible. Isaiah warned the people of Israel that there can be no compromise with God. He was living where right had become wrong, and wrong had become right. And just like the deadly reaction peanuts cause to an allergic boy, sin and disobedience cause destruction for God’s people.

I thought it interesting that Isaiah was faithfully prophesying God’s word, yet when he stood before God’s throne in Isaiah 6, he covered his mouth saying “Woe is me, (meaning OH NO!) I am a man of unclean lips…” Our flesh, when compared to God’s holiness, fails every time. His holiness is the standard by which righteousness is measured, and it’s only through His ways that we are made clean.

We can’t choose to obey only part of God’s ways. That’s what the Israelites did. They followed some rules and not others. Similar to the boy with the peanut allergy- he followed the rules to avoid peanuts…except when he didn’t. But that didn’t change the consequences. And God’s way is the only way to eternal life and true blessing. That never changes. It is said that Isaiah warned and prophesied for 64 years. I wonder how often he sighed in frustration as he faithfully warned the people?

Isaiah, whose name means The LORD is salvation, attached hope to the warnings (God always does that!). He promised that a Savior would come. That prophecy came true 700 years later, and the truth is still the same- Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

Isaiah wrote of a day when all things will be made new and all things will be redeemed. I love the way he describes it in 35:10 “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Forever happiness? No more sighing? I’m pretty sure I sigh every single day. We live in the same type of world as Isaiah did: right is called wrong and wrong is called right. People choose sin and try to change the Word of God to fit their agenda.

One day our waiting will be over and there will be no more sighing

One day our waiting will be over and there will be no more sighing, because our hearts will never be heavy again. Until that day, let’s remember that Jesus is coming soon. Tell everyone! Don’t get weary or fearful in these troubled times. We know the end of the story, and all wrong will be made right. There may be one more sigh when our faith becomes sight- one final sigh of absolute relief.

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