Edited by L.J. Acker
King James Version (KJV)
5For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Weeping may endure in the morning, but joy comes in the morning, and in Matthew 24:35, God says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” When we link these two verses together, the Word implies that everything, even our problems, has an expiration date, except God and his love.
Satan and our negative mindsets would like us to believe that our problems will never end, so our temporary pain is perpetuated by negative paradigms. Sometimes, it can literally feel like we’re living in an endless hell on earth.
We are reminded once more in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that,”To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” So, we must be mindful that our seasons of trouble will come to an end and that, with a renewed purpose, a season of peace and joy will come.
If you are experiencing a season of trouble, remember to look forward to its end. However, during times of abundance, we must be mindful that there will come a season of scarcity. Sure, it’d be nice if dark periods in our lives never come, but they do as a natural cycle of life. It’s like they say, “When it rains, it pours,” and for good reason, because if the sun always shone and rain never came, many things would eventually perish. We need the rain to nourish us so that things can grow and bear fruit. The seasons and the change bring a natural balance to our lives.
Horace, the ancient Roman poet, once said, “Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” The same can be said for us. If all we have in life is trouble, we couldn’t survive, however with too much good, we wouldn’t grow, either. Difficulty challenges us to grow, to overcome our vices and our lacking, and to awaken our spirits. It’s our responsibility to use these times responsibly; transforming negativity into renewed purpose for living and loving.
Unfortunately, while we’re in the thick of trials and tribulations, we don’t realize how beneficial adversity can be for us on the long term and how we can transform and grow closer to God. When times are good, we can forget God and His love that gives us so many blessings. When times are tough, no doubt, we run back to God seeking His grace. As in all seasons and in all ways, God is with us, loving us, and guiding us – even if and when times are seemingly endless and pointless.
The good news is no problem lasts forever, although they can last a lot longer than they need to because of our falling away from God in trust and faith that there is, indeed, a purpose under Heaven. Once we do make it through the proverbial wilderness, we can’t believe how we even managed to make it another day, thanking God for bringing us through and for transforming us even during our darkest days.