Turning Mourning into Joy
Then the virgin will rejoice with dancing, while young and old men rejoice together. I will turn their mourning into joy, give them consolation, and bring happiness out of grief.
We serve a restoring God whose ultimate goal is to see us rejoicing! He never promised that sorrow would not visit us or that difficult times would avoid us. On the contrary, Jesus warned in John 16:33 that we would experience tribulation (trouble) in this world, but to have hope in Him because He has overcome the world.
In this verse, God is promising a day when He will bring His people out of captivity and back to their homeland. He will gather them from the nations where they were dispersed, and they will have new reason to rejoice. While they may return in tears over their loss, they will once again rejoice together as God turns their mourning to joy and consoles their hurt. They will once again be happy, and grief will no longer be their constant companion. There is hope to overcome loss, and it is found in Jesus!
God brings His people out of captivity – out of mourning – out of grief. Our rejoicing awaits only if we are willing to be led out. If we insist upon hanging onto grief, we will continue to hurt and feel loss. We must be willing to let go and come out.
Grief is an emotional process we encounter to help us deal with loss. Grief enables us to accept loss and takes us to a place of growth. If we refuse to let go of the loss and insist upon hanging on to what used to be, we will find ourselves caught in the grip of depression and unable to move forward. Acceptance moves us to grow, where God is able to do marvelous things in our lives if we are surrendered to Him.
If you are tired of grieving, believe that God has more for you. He is a restoring God and wants to see you rejoicing again. He can bring happiness out of your grief and use your loss for greater things than you ever imagined. Let Him lead you out of grief and into something that will make you dance and sing for joy! Accept the loss by accepting Jesus. He is your hope to overcome.
Have a blessed day!