“Weeping will endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5
Are you going through a time of sorrow right now? Do you feel like the pain and tears just won’t stop? Times like these seem like they will never end, but it’s in times like these when we can cling to the promise in Psalm 30:5, “Weeping will endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Whenever I think about sorrow, I think about Sarah. She knew the bitterness of being barren. She knew the regret that came from trying to take matters into her own hands. She knew the pain that came from a prolonged season of waiting. I’m sure she shed many tears over the years. But when God finally gave her the gift of Isaac, when He finally fulfilled His promise to her, she said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me” (Genesis 21:6).
Just like there has never been a sunset that was not followed by a sunrise, there will be a day when joy replaces the sorrow you feel now. Maybe that day will come for you while you’re still on earth. There is no doubt that God can change your circumstances in the matter of a moment. But even if He doesn’t, even if His plan involves you enduring this hardship a little longer, God promises that there will be no sadness or pain or mourning in the context of eternity. He promises to wipe every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21:4).
We can be so grateful and hopeful knowing that as followers of Christ, our pain is not forever. Joy will come eventually, one way or another, and we can hold God to that promise.