Scripture: Psalms 30:5 " ... weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."
worse dilemmas that we face in many cases are not the hard ones
but the long ones. It is not the dark moments that suddenly occur
in our lives that challenge our souls but rather the long dark night
seasons that seem to never end. For example, giving birth is a
very painful experience but not nearly as painful as a permanent
disability or as challenging as a chronic illness that leaves you
incapacitated for some length of time. A
significant financial crisis is hard to bear but it
is not as rough as enduring years and years of financial
lack, with seemly no hope for the future. Likewise,
experiencing a short period of extreme loneliness, depression, or
emotional conflict does not compare
to living in these dark places day after day, week after week, month
after month, and sometimes year after year. When we are going
through these kinds of situations, we need a reminder or a word of
hope that better times are promised and that joy will follow
the difficult season at hand.
out the scriptures men faced dark and difficult seasons, but time
always brought victory and joy. Noah and his family escaped
death, but their confinement in the ark had to be a trying time for all
of them. After God closed the door of the ark, there was no way
for them to escape until He opened it again. They were prisoners
of the flood and the darkness that surrounded them. But at
the end, joy came as God made a promise to Noah and established
His new covenant with him and sealed it with a rainbow.
example of victory and joy after a dark and difficult season is
Jacob. He was greatly afraid and distressed when he heard that
his brother, Esau, was coming to meet him because years before Jacob
had stolen Esau's birthright. Jacob wrestled with the angel of
the Lord all night long, but his joy came in the morning when the
angel declared a blessing over him and his brother, Esau, received
him in peace. Daniel suffered in the lion's den for a night, but
joy came in the morning as he gave great witness of God's
protection. Mary endured the pangs of childbirth, but when
Jesus was born, the angels made an announcement to the shepherds in the
fields, proclaiming good tidings of great joy. God
traded their tears, grief, and sorrows for His unspeakable
joy and glory.
The Lord does the same for us. God's
Word says that He will never put more upon us than we can bear.
At some point, He will turn our captivity into a place of freedom and
for all of the tears that we have sown, we will reap joy (Psalms
126:5-6). Jesus has been anointed to "give us
beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of
praise for the spirit of heaviness" (Isaiah 61:3). He will
turn our sorrow into dancing again (Psalms 30:11). And
our "light affliction, which was for a moment will work in us a
far more exceeding weight of glory" (II Corinthians 4:17).
words are our promises from God, for He has good plans for
us. He holds our lives in His hands and in His time, the sun will
rise, the morning light will appear, and darkness will flee. The
Lord will faithfully fulfill His promise of joy to us. Our
weeping may endure for a night, but our joy will come in the morning.