“But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I created Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people…” Isaiah 65:18-19a.
In partnership with our daughter and son-in-law, God created a special little baby for us to enjoy. As grandparents we thrill at getting that call from the new daddy. The whole family rejoices as we learn of a new baby boy joining our number. Aunts and uncles rejoice. Our two grandchildren are excited about having a cousin, even if he lives too far away to hold or visit very often. Daily we check the computer for photos of a sweet little baby with lots of dark, curly hair. Yes, we rejoice!
God created people to enjoy. He rejoiced in Jerusalem. He joyed in His chosen people, Israel. Sadly, they did not always bring Him joy; often, when they went running after other gods, He grieved over them. The decisions they made, and the decisions we make, to obey or not obey, to worship Him or not worship Him, determine how much God rejoices over us.
Scripture says there is joy in heaven when one sinner repents.
I am rejoicing now in that which God has created. Will I pray fervently for this little one that he will someday repent of his sins and cause joy in heaven? Oh yes! I want to.
What else am I doing today to cause joy in heaven?