Oh Happy Day!

Michael Beck

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

No matter what is happening in the world around them, those that love God have an extraordinary future ahead of them. They should never tremble with fear in times of change, when darkness is over-sweeping the land and wickedness is on the ascendancy. They know “that the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment” (Job 20:5)

There has always been a temptation for the righteous to become overly agitated when evil is on the rise. Psalm 37 is the classic treatment of this subject and well worth our careful meditation. We are warned not to fret, or get “hot under the collar,” when we see the success of the wicked. Fear and anger are not a good mix. We are exhorted to “cease from anger, and forsake wrath” with the calm assurance that things are not going to stay as they are. The present situation is temporary. In the end, God will restore all to its proper place – “for such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.” (Psalm 37:22)

Those who love God should be the most optimistic people on the face of the earth. Though today they are counted as sheep for the slaughter, nothing can separate them from the love of God. He has a glorious new earth in store for them and a bliss that will cause them to forget all their former pain.

The rejoicing of the wicked is attached to their present triumphs. Their hope is that things will only get better for them from here on out. But they are sadly deceived. “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.” (Psalm 37:35,36)

Those who love God and will keep His way can and should rejoice always, even in the darkest of days, because they have so much good to look forward to. The King is coming! The day of His appearing draws near and His reward is in His hand. Oh happy day!

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.