Friday, December 20, 2013

Joy Cometh in the Morning

"Weeping may endure for a night," the psalmist wrote, "but joy cometh in the morning."  The greatest hope in enduring pain or sorrow is the fact that it is only temporary.  
The agony of frozen extremities on a winter day outside fades 10 minutes later in a warm house with hot cocoa and marshmallows.  A cold or flu is dreadful, but a week or two later it is forgotten. In retrospect, many of the problems which greatly trouble us seem miniscule.  

Imagine God's perspective.  He watched the building of the tower of Babel and destroyed it.  He heard the cries of the children of Israel and delivered them from oppressors.  He saw the Babylonian and Persian empires.  He beheld Hannibal's marching armies, and looked on as Carthage was burned.  He oversaw the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.  

Throughout the ages he has been with His people and given them help in their trials.

He does not fail. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Whatever our troubles are, He wants to give us the blessed assurance that This too shall pass.  

Our society may be falling apart.  Corruption and decadence may often be prevalent. Fight it, but "let not your hearts be troubled."  The night of tears will be over when Jesus our Savior returns and reigns at last.

Do not be discouraged.  Troubles great and small are like storms.  They come and they go.  God's faithfulness and truth is constant.  Joy will come in the morning.

 "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him."  --Ecclesiastes 3:14

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