“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)
Scripture reveals to us that there will be a day when God is dwelling with us and will wipe away every tear and all that we have hoped for will be realized. Unspeakable joy will fill our heart on that day….but what about today? How do we find joy today when our world has been turned upside down and we are feeling forsaken and alone?
Turn our eyes on Jesus…
Jesus promised that He would be with us always (Mt. 28:20) and He has been anointed specifically to comfort and console all those who mourn, to give them beauty for ashes and to give them the oil of joy for their mourning.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)
If you are experiencing the searing pain of loss…any type of loss….loss of a loved one, the loss of a friendship, the loss of a marriage, the loss of a limb, the bible tells that His hand is upon you anointing you with joy. You may not feel it right now, but that’s okay because you know that His Word is true and that it will not return to Him without accomplishing what it was sent out for. Mourn your loss; it is something that needs to happen, just keep your eyes on Jesus and hang on to Hope.
Though the sorrow may last for a night, joy somehow really will come in the morning. Amen and Amen.