I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. (Isaiah 65:19)

Let these words from our Lord comfort you in your every affliction, because the day is coming when the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard no more forever. A pastor lives in a world marked by weeping and crying, going from one storm to another with the saints God has entrusted to his care. But the day is coming when every storm shall be stilled. That, beloved, is the promise that is designed to propel us forward through every dark night of the soul.

The promise is as profound as it is personal. A day is coming in the not-so-distant future when we will be carried on the wings of eagles into the presence of our Lord . . . or we will watch in awe when He returns to earth on the clouds of heaven. Either way, we will have received the fulfillment of God’s promise of perfection, and there will be nothing to hinder our joy and fulfillment. We will be with our Lord and we will weep no more, because every desire of the heart will be eternally filled. There will be no more sorrow . . . no more suffering . . . no more storm winds blowing our way. Mourning will be exchanged for rejoicing that will go on forevermore.

Perhaps you find yourself today in the midst of sorrow because of some loss in your life—the loss of a job, the loss of a relationship, the loss of your health, the loss of an opportunity, the loss of a loved one. This is the reality of living in a broken world as broken people. But the time is coming when all that is broken will be made whole. Every tear will be wiped away and every wound healed.

Look to that promise, Christian, and let it strengthen you every step of the way toward the paradise that awaits you. Eye has not seen and ear has not heard the infinite joys that await the saints of God who will one day glory in the eternal presence of Jesus Christ.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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