“He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 25:8). This is a profoundly prophetic passage. It reveals God’s promise and describes the conditions that will come to those who are righteous with God on the Day of Judgement. Blessed be God in all of his designs.
It is the hope of eternal happiness that gives meaning and purpose to our lives. It is the nature of human beings to desire and to seek happiness. But, as mortal beings, our bodies have their limits. We are born, we grow and experience the natural physical needs for food, water, shelter, and clothing. We also experience the natural emotional needs for knowledge, skills of many kinds. But we also develop something we might call “acquired wants” for various and sundry material pleasures that appeal to our desires for immediate gratification of bodily or emotional kinds. And, inevitably, we die. Is this all there is? Is there nothing more to our lives than this daily struggle for survival and the acquisition of some perceived sense of the “good life?”
It is not the things of this world, not money, or fame, or power that will satisfy the natural desire for happiness that our eternal souls yearn for. There is only one happiness that will ever satisfy to desire of our eternal souls. That is the love and friendship we get from being in a personal relationship with God. It is this relationship with God that meets all of the needs of our eternal souls.
It is in this right relationship with God that we too can sing our joyful thanksgiving along with Isaiah here. It is God alone who can destroy death forever. He is the only one who can “wipe away the tears from all faces” and remove the “reproach” of our sinfulness from the whole earth. And he did this in Jesus Christ. If we give ourselves over humbly to this relationship we, too, will be able to say with Isaiah: “On that day it will be said: ‘Indeed, this is our God, we looked to him, and he saved us! This is the Lord to whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us” (verse 9).
Lord, Give us the grace to see through the vanities of this world, to know them for what they are. Increase within us an ever deepening desire to seek our happiness only in and through our growing relationship with you. Help us to be wise enough to always praise you and thank you for your generous love toward us. We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen!
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