“For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5 NIV
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV
The last couple of devotionals have considered the place of weeping in the believer’s life. We have learned that tears are a necessary part of this world’s order. We are commanded in Scripture to weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). We have Jesus as an example of one who wept with people in pain (John 11:35). So we can call this life the valley of tears.
The good news is that for those who follow Jesus Christ there will be an end to suffering and the inevitable tears. Joy will be the everlasting companion of God’s chosen ones. This is the promise of our faithful God.
Many of the Lord’s people have run to this promise in times of sorrow and found much encouragement in looking beyond the present pain to the dawn of eternity and the joy that is our right by means of our Lord’s death and resurrection.
We have the example of Jesus Christ Himself as recorded in Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV where we read the following
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
We derive great benefit from reading over and over the Gospel accounts of our Lord Jesus Christ and the many times He suffered culminating at the cross where His suffering peaked. It is there we learn to endure.
Go to dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the tempter’s power;
your Redeemer’s conflict see, watch with him one bitter hour.
Turn not from his griefs away; learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
See him at the judgment hall, beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;
O the wormwood and the gall! O the pangs his soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; learn of Christ to bear the cross.
Calvary’s mournful mountain climb; there, adoring at his feet,
mark that miracle of time, God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” hear him cry; learn of Jesus Christ to die.
Early hasten to the tomb where they laid his breathless clay;
all is solitude and gloom. Who has taken him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes; Savior, teach us so to rise.
James Montgomery, 1771-1854