“…the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard…no more.”
Isaiah 65:19 (NIV)
There are so many things that cause weeping in our world today. News of famine, earthquakes, crime, serious illness and death all surround us and make living a difficult thing at times. If tragedy has not touched us yet it has afflicted a loved one or a neighbour.
For serious minded people this life can be seen as a shadowland, or a vale of tears. There is a longing in the heart for something infinitely better. Many of us find within ourselves a great desire for a world that is free from the curse we seem to labour under each day. We may possess many of life’s pleasures but something is still missing. Marie Antoinette said “Nothing tastes”.
People who win it all will usually testify that arriving at the pinnacle of success does not make one happy and satisfied or content. Jack Higgins, internationally famous novelist, was asked what he would like to have known when he was younger. He replied, “That when you get to the top, there’s nothing there.”
Some people seek refuge from the pain of living in parties, acquiring more material goods, gaining recognition from our peers, in liquor and a myriad of other “escapes” to dull the pain that returns when the “high” wears off. Despair abounds and solutions for it seem scarce or non existent.
One of the greatest British philosophers and mathematicians, Bertrand Russell once said, “only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s salvation henceforth be safely built. …”. His brilliant mind scanned the horizon of life and sank into the depths of darkness at what he surveyed.
It is not difficult to weep at the suffering we experience and the heartache felt at some of life’s difficult alternatives. If we become followers of Jesus we are not guaranteed exemption from the common sorrows of humanity. We do not believe on Jesus to escape problems in this life. Coming to Jesus should never be seen as a quick fix to our present pain.
What is promised however, is that when we complete our journey in this world, the tears shall all be wiped away if we belong to the Lord. We shall have the eternal rest from all that spoils life here today.
Has life left you unsatisfied? Do your accomplishments seem empty? Are you still on a quest for something that retreats as you pursue it? God has placed within you a yearning for Himself that cannot be satisfied with anything less than Him. Answer the call of God today and seek Him while He can be found, call on Him while He is near. Only then will you be sure that your weeping shall be turned into joy, your sorrow to laughter.