I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” vs. 10Isaiah 61:8-11
The prophet’s testimony is exactly what we need to hear as we move through this second week of Advent Toward Pink Candle Sunday. He used the most exultant language at his disposal to describe what God had done for him, and those who live in Christ know exactly what he means. God has clothed us with the garments of salvation! All of the sin, and the guilt associated with that sin, has been removed from our lives, and we have been freely and graciously forgiven. With that burden lifted we can greet each day with shouts of joy and live each day with smiles on our faces and a bounce in our steps. Our song will regularly be, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Because joy is contagious, that attitude can change the environment in which we live, work, and play. Even the bad stuff that drops uninvited into our days will be a momentary blip, and ultimately will be swallowed up by the joy that fills our hearts. And it’s not just positive thinking! The joy of our salvation really changes us, and everyone will see the difference!
Thought for the Day: How do I show daily joy?