Joy in the Morning
“What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done;
there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9
Whatever was, was. Whatever is, is. And whatever will be, will be. That’s my new motto. I’ve been giving some thought to perspective and how we deal with situations that come into our lives. Perspective is everything. We can’t change anything that happened in the past and we can’t predict the future. What we can do is live today the best we can and know that whatever is our lot in life, is our lot. You play the hand you’ve been dealt and do your best to win.
Some of you may have been dealt the hand of sickness, of joblessness, of divorce, of harassment, of the death of a loved one, or, even, of homelessness. Whatever your lot in life, I want to encourage you.
If you are in mourning over a loss in your life, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). If you say, “I’ve cried enough over the past year” or however long it’s been that you’ve been going through storms, then you may just think “I’ve been through much worse than this, and I’m going to be okay. I am okay.” Just tell yourself, “I’m done shedding tears.”
If you can’t change what was or what is, then there’s no sense in stressing about it.
When you’re tired of mourning over your situation, look to the morning. That’s where your joy is. There is hope for a better tomorrow.
Jesus said those who mourn are blessed because they will be comforted (Matt. 5:4). And those who mourn over sin have the comfort of salvation that Christ offers. I want you to have all the blessings that God has to offer, especially eternal life, friend. You can have it if you obey Him: believe Jesus is Christ, confess it, repent, be baptized, and live a devoted life to the Lord.
Then you will be a Christian who is royal in the sight of God (1 Pet. 2:9).
Sin devastates, it permeates, and it propagates. You don’t have to let it continue to do so. Mourn over it and repent. Then walk into the joy of the morning.
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
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