Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Joy Cometh In The Morning

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning
--Psalm 30:5
Christian if you are in a night of trial, think of tomorrow. Encourage your heart with thoughts of the coming of your Lord. Be patient, for He comes with clouds descending. Be patient! The Husbandman waits until He reaps His harvest. Be patient for you know who has said, "Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me to give to every man according as his work shall be" (Rev. 22:12). If you are distressed now, remember,

A few more rolling suns, at most,
Will land you on fair Canaan's coast.

Your head may be crowned with thorny troubles now, but it will wear a starry crown before long. Your hand may be filled with cares now, but it will sweep the strings of the harp of heaven soon. Your garments may be soiled with dust now, but they will be white soon. Wait a little longer. Oh, how despicable our troubles and trials will seem when we look back on them! Looking at them here in the present they seem immense; but when we get to heaven, we will then

With transporting joys recount,
The labors of our feet.

Our trials will then seem light and momentary afflictions. Let us go on boldly. Even if the night is never so dark, the morning comes, which is more than they can say who are shut up in the darkness of hell. Do you know what it is thus to live on the future--to live on expectation--to anticipate heaven? Happy believer, what joy it is to have so sure and so comforting a hope! It may be all dark now, but it will soon be light; it may be all trial now, but it will soon be all happiness. What does it matter though "weeping may endure for a night," when "joy cometh in the morning"?

Morning By Morning

Charles Spurgeon

I read this devotion this morning and immediately I knew that God was speaking to me. In light of the trials and all the other things my family and I have been going through; this was God's way of telling me that everything will be o.k. tomorrow. Immediately one of my favorite pieces of scripture came to mind.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifeb]">?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

Each new day in our lives on this earth may have trials and tribulations. However, we who are in Christ have have the greatest hope in all eternity. We know that if our troubles should bring us to death, then we will be joined with our Savior for all eternity. We have the blessed hope that throughout all our troubles that He is with us. He can and will carry us through. For every trouble we endure has been preordained by God for us, to conform us to the image of Christ. This is so that, (Philipians 1:6) "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.", would be fulfilled.

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