In Revelation 18 the sinful, opulent city of Babylon has been destroyed and the sight of its demise leads to two very different responses. The first response is mourning. Those who became rich from the city mourn over their own changed circumstances. They no longer have a quick path to wealth and, therefore, are filled with sorrow. They are not really concerned about Babylon itself but only how the loss affects them.
A second response is rejoicing (v.20). God's people recognize the destruction of Babylon as being the judgment of God. They rejoice over wickedness being destroyed and justice finally being dealt. The culture as a whole responds with sorrow, while the remnant responds with joy.
Our emotional response to situations reveals a great deal about our values and hearts. What causes us to respond with joy and sorrow? Are they things which align with the values of God or not? The next time you have a strong emotional response, consider where it comes from and whether it flows from the heart of God or our own self-centeredness.
Question of the day: How can you more accurately align your emotions to God's?
Father God, help me to respond to situations in a way that honors you. Continue to transform my heart to become more like your Son's. Enable me to rejoice over the things which you rejoice over and to detest the things you detest. Help me to live in a way that glorifies you today. Amen.