Seasons of Mourning & Joy
Posted: Saturday, August 8
1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Verse of the day:
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. (Psalm 30:11)
We all go through seasons of mourning. When we hear about mourning we usually correlate that with mourning over the loss of a loved one, but more often we will mourn over the disappointments of life and how things haven’t turned out how we would have liked them to. I have gone through several of those seasons throughout my life. My first real experience with mourning was when my grandfather passed away. With my parents being in the ministry I was used to going to funerals and seeing others experience the loss of a loved one, but losing someone that I loved was a whole new unwelcomed experience. After that I’ve gone back into seasons of mourning due to loss of friendships and relationships, when significant life plans have fallen through, when people I love walk away from their relationship with Christ, and when life just hasn’t gone the way that I thought it should. Sometimes I’ve mourned over things that didn’t even deserve to be mourned over.
It’s natural to go through seasons of mourning but that is not where God wants us to stay. When we mourn a heaviness comes over us and it can feel like what we are going through will never pass. The enemy would like to get us during those times to turn our focus away from God and unto our problem. The beautiful thing is when we keep our focus on God He helps us to be able to keep everything in perspective—we may be facing a big problem but our God is bigger! Whatever trials we are facing in this lifetime are only temporary! With God on our side things can always get better!
If you are in one of those seasons of mourning now take comfort in knowing that with God’s help it will only be a season and that He will bring you through to a place of joy and peace once again. Revelation 21:4 promises us that there is a day coming that “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”