Psalm 30:5 “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”
There are times in life when sorrow takes us by surprise and overwhelms us. Today the day before Easter. It was the time of sorrow after Jesus died and was placed in the tomb. In John 16 20-22 Jesus tells the disciples that they shall weep but that their sorrow will turn to joy. Just as a woman in labor is troubled and has anguish because her hour has come, soon the pain and sorrow is forgotten for the joy that her child is born.
However, that joy which is natural, does not last forever. Tragedy can happen, a child may pass away taking all joy with it. Struggles in life make some parents forget the joy they once had holding that little infant for the first time. Divorce rips families apart and more kids are left fatherless when they need fathers more than ever before. Mothers abort their own heart waiting for the convenient time to choose to let their baby live.
There is a joy that goes beyond the natural. Beyond the present evil of today. In verse 22 Jesus said “and you now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you. “
There was a time of sorrow, when doubts had made the disciples forget. After all, Jesus was dead. All their hopes and dreams were laying in a dark tomb. But that all changed in the morning, when the tomb was empty. Their joy was in the risen savior. Their joy was knowing that their redeemer lives. That is a joy no one can steal.
Those of us who know the risen savior can remember the time when we were dead in sin. When darkness closed in and we knew we were guilty deserving hell. But oh the joy! the moment we were born again, having the risen savior living in our heart, forgiving our sin. That joy no one can steal. No tragedy will take it away. no circumstance will rob us of the truth that we have hope because like Job we will say, “I know that my redeemer lives”
You may be in a time of sorrow, when doubts can make you forget His words of promise. Remember, your joy, no one can take away. Rejoice because your name is in the book of life. Heb. 12: says to look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross. He endured his “night” of sorrow, for the joy of saving you. Just as You are His joy and no one can take you from his hand, He is alive in you and no one can steal that joy.
Blessings on the joy of His Resurrection