Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Life may seem like it drags on with little end in sight, yet the Bible describes it differently. Life is merely “a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). Likewise, the trials of life are only temporary and should be viewed in that light. The apostle Paul, who suffered many things, described the difficulties of this life as merely a “light affliction, which is but for a moment” (2 Corinthians 4:17). He declared that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). The Bible offers an even greater hope in the thirtieth psalm when it said, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Truly, joy comes in the morning!
• (For children): Job did not know what his outcome would be in this life, but he had hope (Job 19:25-27; Job 23:10). Peter says our trials are for a season and we can rejoice now by keeping in mind what awaits us (1 Peter 1:3-9).
• (For everyone): How does the knowledge that trials are temporary help your ability to endure those trials? How can you face them with joy knowing that you will have nothing but joy when in the presence of the Lord?
• Read Psalm 66:12. How could this verse be spiritually true of your present and your future?
• Ask God to help you apply these truths when faced with trials.
• Thank the Lord for the joys that await you in heaven.
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