Grief Will Give Way to Constant Joy!
A few of the most sublime words ever spoken, were written by Moses, the mouthpiece for the Creator: “In the Beginning God…” When on the sixth day, the crowning act of Creation brought forth Man and then Woman, God said, “It is very good!”
Yet, within a short period of time God’s great joy in celebrating the creation of our little world with Adam and Eve would be turned into horrendous pain and suffering for the Three Co-Eternal Regents. This suffering would last more than a few days or weeks or even years, it would last for many millennia. No human being can even begin to comprehend the situation as the next higher order of being succumbed to ‘unbelief’ in God and His government. Notice an inspired commentary on this theme:
“Those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the gospel think of it in relation to themselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God."
But the grief in the Creator’s heart is still ever present, the statement closes with these pointed words: “Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him.”* Let this thought sink in, personally! How can we continue to bring pain to the heart of God?
Perhaps this subject of ‘Grief’, through the loss of loved ones, allows us a little 'taste' of what the Creator has had to endure for eons of time.
It seems the events taking place are speeding up to a climactic crisis which will involve the whole human family. But keep in mind that this experience of 'Grief' is just temporary.
Severe Grief will someday give way to sheer Joy.
Awful Grief will eventually be swallowed up in Joviality
Horrendous Grief deranges the mind; the perfect Mind brings only peace.
Distressing Grief engulfs the soul in torment; blessed delight blossoms into euphoria.
Extreme Grief, causing deep emotional pain and physical ailments, will be over-turned by cheerful jubilation in whole health.
The greatest liturgy on restoring the body and mind is feasting on the living oracles of the Eternal. When we ‘consume’ this world’s filth, it destroys mind and body, and man becomes that which he consumes. But when we focus our energies on that which rebuilds, repairs and ennobles the mind of man, we cooperate with divine agencies in the restoration He has initiated and will complete in His time. How could the greatest instrument of torture be turned into the greatest means of our recovery? This only could occur, because the Perfect Man of Calvary poured out His life of ‘grief and suffering’ in our behalf. That righteous life, the only pure and holy man that walked this earth, could turn that instrument of torture into the basis of the means of our complete restoration.
Does it get any better than this:
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” -1 Timothy 3:16
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. –Hebrews 13.20, 21
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” - 2 Corinthians 4:17.
Resurrection morning is coming when we will again be united with our lovely daughter who will experience more joy than even this picture can portray. So hang on ye who are weary and grief stricken. The night of woe is almost ended and then everlasting JOY!
* From the Book Education p.263