Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
-John 16:20-22 NKJV
When we are in the midst of struggle it can become difficult to hold onto the promise of joy that God gives us in His word. In John 16:20-22, Jesus was explaining to His disciples that He was about to leave them and while the world would rejoice He knew they would feel sad. He encouraged them beforehand so that when they felt the pain and sorrow associated with His departure they could hold onto the hope that they would see Him again, their hearts would rejoice, and that they would have a joy that no one would take from them.
Some of us need to take heed to this same promise. In the word, God let’s us know several times that we will face many trials and persecutions but at the end of the day we are connected to a victorious God who provides peace, joy,
and strength to make it through each and everything we are facing! If you are in the middle of a struggle understand that the birthing process isn’t usually an enjoyable time (whether you’ve gone natural or with meds) but the results will cause you to forget about the pain you’ve had to endure and focus on the joy stemming from what was birthed. This could literally be a baby, or your new business, your ability to see that you can make it without certain people, places, or things, or any other project God put on your heart for the kingdom.
A lot of us hate the process! But the process in unavoidable! Times of suffering are unavoidable but you are blessed to be connected to a God that promises that after you have suffered a while He will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you! (1Peter 5:10) What this is saying is that after you have experienced this process your foundation will be stronger than ever before and your ability to handle your future blessings and trials will be increased.
Don’t be discouraged if you are feeling down, just remember the promise He made to the disciples and understand that He is willing to provide you with the same hope!
1) You will see Him again
He will indeed show Himself to you in the midst of your situation.
2) Your hearts will rejoice
It’s a blessing to be able to praise through your trials. It’s not always easy but as you see Him work things out on your behalf you’ll notice that heart get happy! Let it!!! Sometimes we quench the praise because of what we see. Don’t do that, allow your heart to rejoice!
3) You have a joy no one can steal
So choose to walk in the joy in spite of whatever you’re going through. It’s yours! Take it back!
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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