Joy Comes In the Morning
“Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and forevermore.” Psalm 113:2
Something horrible, something unimaginable has just happened! All the signs had been there, but somehow you refused to acknowledge them. But, here you are walking and talking about it in the aftermath. How could this have happened?
There are many situations in life that take place like this:-you know that unless you change, you will one day self-destruct. Yet, somehow you are powerless to do anything about it. Perhaps it is because you are having too much fun or making too much money, or so-n-so expects it of you.
But, then something happens and you think you have lost it all. The day is black and filled with clouds that erupt into a violent storm. You think all is lost, this is the end for you. Then the next day you awake and find that the sun is shining and the air is clear. All at once there is a glimmer of hope and a chance at a new beginning. Without the storm you would have never found it.
That, too, is the story of Jesus. The people humiliated him, spat on him, and tortured him. His friends, his disciples, who watched in great horror and for fear of their own lives, did nothing. Their friend, Jesus, the one whom they loved was being treated like a criminal. The mob cried,” CRUCIFY HIM, CRUCIFY HIM.” (Luke 23:21) And the weak leader, even though he couldn’t find any good reason to sentence him to death, did so. It was the beginning of the end.
The day that Jesus died, the sky turned black. The light of the sun was blocked out and the darkness ruled—but only for a time. His mother watched him die and his beloved disciple, John, stood beside her. Grief and sorrow covered them like a heavy blanket as they watched the soldiers bring him down from the cross and lay him in the tomb—it was the end. Was it?
The Psalmist wrote a thousand or more years before, words of encouragement for times like these. He said, “…Weeping may linger for the night; but joy comes in the morning.” (30:5)
The morning came and the grave was empty. The evil could not hold the Lord Jesus. It could not keep Him in the darkness; the sun was shining. They were soon to discover “HE IS ALIVE!” A new day is dawning—only believe.
Just as the disciples discovered after they invited Him into their house, Jesus is walking with you, also, as you venture into a new beginning inviting Him to come along. A new beginning that wouldn’t have been possible without an ending—as violent as it was, this new beginning will be new, exciting, and blessed. As Leo Tolstoy once wrote: “You cannot have a beginning unless you have an ending.” (The Beginning of the End, 1896)
Travel on trusting in the Lord, for He is beside you all the way. He has said, “I will be with you until the end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20) and the writer of Hebrews pens His words, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) This is the message of the cross.
Dear Father, thank you for showing me the way; for never giving up on me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Read Luke 24:13-35