Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:5
Bible says our Lord is the Beginning (Alpha) and the End (Omega).
The simplest form of looking at my life is to understand that the Lord knew my beginning (alpha), He has a wonderful plan for my life. In fact, He wrote it way before I was born!
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16
In His plan, He already knew where my life will end (omega).
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Having this knowledge of God and His great plan for me alone can make me to endure the hardships of this life.
No matter what tunnel I got into I am coming out one of these days. No matter how dark it may be now, the light will soon shine for me! My Lord knows my name, He has a plan for me, a plan full of hope & future – He will come to lead me out.
Yes, I am weeping and mourning now, but I am keeping my shouts of joy and dancing ready!
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever! (Psalms 30:11, 12 NLT)
For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing. Jeremiah 31:25
The unending joy is coming, wait; don’t give up!
There is no greater rest than the rest that comes when God convinces us after we had gone thru’ all regrets, questioning, remorse and turmoil.
God’s eyes are indeed on the righteous eager to give them rest and refresh their spirits as they go thru’ hardship.
There is none compassionate to forgive us and passionate to restore us like our God. He values us precious even when we lost it all and no one wants us.
Every time God picks us from weariness and give rest, every time God picks us from sorrowfulness and gives us joy – it’s only a shadow of the greater rest and joy that awaits in our Home.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you”. Isaiah 35:4
There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. 1 Chronicles 4:9
One of the biggest mistakes we do in our lives is coming to a quick conclusion and name something as a pain, just because going gets tough.
We honestly believe we’re blessed when everything goes well in our lives, and refuse to believe it is not God’s will to go thru’ a time of hardship.
For God to have success in our life is quite simple – we doing His will, what ever that may be. Period.
Almost always, what we think as painful (relationship/situation/job/responsibility) are the ways God chose to honor us and make a source for our blessing!
- Your pain will become soothing when you’re willing to bear it for Christ.
- Your anger will become patience when you’re willing to tolerate it for Christ.
- Your bitterness will becomes sweeter when you’re willing to swallow it for Christ.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
The Israelite foremen could see that they were in serious trouble… they confronted Moses and Aaron… said to them, “May the LORD judge and punish you for making us stink before Pharaoh…” Exodus 4:19-21
Moses had met with God himself in a burning bush. Just few days ago had successfully performed all the signs God asked to do before His people – and saw with his own eyes all the people worshipped the Lord, and accepted that Moses was sent by God.
But now after their meeting with Pharaoh, the table changed. Talk about conflict management!
Yes they were in slavery under brutal masters working to meet impossible milestones of those daily quota, but still they had to realize God’s ultimate deliverance plan – which isn’t a short term relief.
Moses and Aaron, by God’s help survived these daily ‘curses’ from their own people, but never failed to fight their daily ‘real’ battle with Pharaoh that God required them to fight with the simple phrase “let my people go”.
Deliverance comes when leadership learns to fight the real battle, and when people start opposing and rebelling against the real enemy not their leaders.
Always good to remember that Lord gives deliverance not temporary relief!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God.
God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act. Exodus 2:23-25
People of Israel thought once the Pharaoh dies their slavery and hardship would be over. Because of this assumption they never sought God’s help to deliver them.
Often times we too are deceived to stay in a prolonged slavery to give in to a thought that things will get better and there is nothing we can do about.
People of Israel’s false hope was broken painfully when the next king came to power; only then they started to cry out to the Lord. The Lord heard, remembered the promise He made and saw that it was time to act.
Let’s leave all the false hopes and start placing our hope on the promise He had made, and start crying out to Him until He hears!
Otherwise we would be that lame man sat by the pool of Bethesda in John 5:1-9 for 38 years hoping every time that he would be healed the next time when the angel stirs the water!
When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” John 5:6