Weeping and Joy

Read the Bible in a year by reading Isaiah 22 and 23 today.
When the Lord says weep, then weep and do not be joyful. When He says be joyful, be joyful and do not weep. Jerusalem got this mixed up. Isaiah 22:12 reveals that God wanted the city to weep,
But instead, joy and gladness,
Slaying oxen and killing sheep,
Eating meat and drinking wine:
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
(Isaiah 22:13)
In the next verse, the Lord promised to punish Jerusalem for that sin.
What we ought to do is be attuned to the Lord’s things, not ours. Be what He wants us to be and do what He wants us to do. That will often be contrary to the ways of the world, but it will delight the Lord.

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