Turning Sadness Into Joy
God’s Promise For the Future
Grief comes in many forms. You might imagine losing a child would be the worst thing you could face. But what about the loss of your spouse? A twin sister or your only brother? Your best friend? On a less traumatic scale, what if you returned to work from an extended illness and discovered your employer plans to downsize you?
The common thread running through each of these situations is fear of the unknown. How can you cope without someone or some situation that has been such a key part of your life?
John 16:22 appears near the end of a long talk between Jesus and his disciples. They were full of grief. The most incredible man they had ever known was leaving the earth. They had no clue where he was headed. They just knew they would desperately miss him. They were discovering how life is full of surprises. That’s when Jesus promises to turn their sadness into joy.
Life has contains incredible triumphs and delightful memories. But live long enough and you are sure to experience tragedy and unexpected loss. You will see there are many forces affecting your life that lie beyond your power to control. This is where you can find reassurance in Jesus’ promise of future joy.
Make no mistake about it: God understands your pain, bewilderment, confusion, and dismay. He can see the same questions in your eyes that He saw in his disciples: How? Why? When? How can we make it, Lord?
You may be asking these or similar questions. You may need to take time away from everything and everyone you know to rest and grieve. Grief is a natural part of life. Working your way through it won’t come quickly. But you must try…
As you move forward, plan to take time each day to talk with Jesus. Developing a relationship with him will lead you toward that day of rejoicing. The time when Jesus promises that “no one will take away your joy.”
A Challenge For You
Are you bogged down in grief? Imagine you only have 48 hours to live. Who would you want to see? Who would you want to call? What would you want to share with these friends or loved ones? Make a list of the five people who have meant the most to you during your life. Talk with each of them this week. Tell them how they have been such a blessing. You may find this helps lift your spirits as well.
Let’s Talk About It
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