“Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.”
John 16:19-20 ESV
While reading through the above scriptures I thought to myself “wow, that sounds like the world we live in today.” These past few years it seems as though we have been lamenting, weeping and trying to survive while the world rejoiced.
The scripture doesn’t say that we “may” experience sorrow and weeping, but that we will for sure have to endure these difficult seasons. One of my pet peeves is when a person gloats. I’m quite competitive by nature so when I’m losing, it absolutely infuriates me when someone decides to rub that in my face. It’s embarrassing enough that I’m losing, but now others know it too and are being smug about it.
The same applies spiritually. We as the church have been tasked with holding back the darkness and it does appear as though evil is winning sometimes. To make matters worse, there is a pride and arrogance that accompany evil, a gloating nature. We cannot allow ourselves to become distracted by what the enemy is saying. He is the father of lies, and no truth comes from Him. We must dive into God’s Word, absolute Truth, and daily remind ourselves that victory is already ours. God wins!
We will be sorrowful, but God will turn it into joy. Keep fighting the good fight and do not become weary in well doing. It is so easy to do so in today’s world, but God is for us and not against us. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. The battle belongs to the Lord. Victory belongs to Him today!
Prayer: I am thankful that I serve the Almighty, All Powerful, Victorious God. Give me eyes to see You at work in all things God, big or small.