“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” -Luke 6:21 (NIV)
There are times when circumstances seem as if they are nothing short of bleak. We look back on our hopes and dreams and compare them with our present realities. Perhaps we have not made it to the point where we would like to be in our lives. Maybe situations have come along our path, and these have pulled us into the depths of despair and sadness. In times like these it is hard to laugh or to find joy. It may even seem impossible to do so when all around us we see failure and misery. We cry out saying it is all hopeless. Those cherished times of celebration and merriment seem to be distant memories we cannot reclaim, and sorrow appears to be our only friend.
But there is hope! A hope that will never fade, and can never be taken away. It is not within the will of God that our suffering be permanent. Indeed it was never a part of His plan in the first place. This world is a fallen place, caused by man’s deliberate choice to forsake Him. Yet despite this, God has not forsaken us. He is the restorer of all things and desires that we be brought back into relationship with Him. When we have allowed the Spirit of Christ to enter our hearts and have submitted every area of our lives to His redeeming work, we will be able to take assurance in the fact that He cares for all who call upon His name. We will find laughter again and find fulfillment knowing that in Christ we have victory over whatever may come our way. God is able to use our sufferings and sorrows to fulfill His perfect will, and He will do so with gladness when we choose to trust in Him and allow ourselves to be guided by His hands.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.