No More Pain, No More Heartache
Read John Chapter 16
Jn 16:20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Christians go through many trials and tests in their lifetimes. In this passage Jesus is preparing them for a particular time of tribulation in their experience. He is going to be crucified. When that happens, the world is going to rejoice and the disciples will undergo tremendous sadness and despair. Jesus didn’t leave them in that sad scenario. He also told them that there would be a time when their trouble will be over. A time of rejoicing and restoration was also in the forecast.
That same speech can be given to all Christians. There will be many times in our lives when the world rejoices and we will grieve. Many today rejoice over the growing culture that is throwing off God’s yoke and declaring their freedom from Him and His word. The militant gay movement is gaining ground, seemingly every day, to discredit every biblical warning against homosexual behaviors. The number of men and women who continue to adhere to the Godly perspective on this issue grows smaller each day. Our world is rejoicing over the progress that has been made to normalize disgusting behaviors.
Others are weeping at the same time. They see how tolerance of sin has been harmful to our world. We see how the family breakup has harmed children and how much more difficult life is for the child growing up in a single parent home. Children born out of wedlock have a much less chance of having a good life. Male children without fathers are deeply scarred because of the lack of a good role model. Yes, there are exceptions to those rules, but the numbers of deeply hurt children far outnumber those who somehow survive those problems. Most of us grieve over the problems that have arisen because God is being ignored.
For those who grieve, there will come a time when rejoicing will override their sorrow. Our Lord will make sure that we will see an end to all the horrors that plague our society. Jesus will come again and take away His children, no longer to suffer the pain and agony of sinfulness.
For most of our lives, we have grieved over our battle with same-sex attractions. That burden has caused us more distress than probably any other issue we have faced. It has been a long and arduous battle. There have been times when we believed we could not go on. There have been times when we considered giving up – maybe we even have done so for a time.
We are like the woman in labor. We have been in severe pain, wishing it were over, hoping for a quick ending to our troubles. God has promised all of us that there will be a time when our labor will end. Then we will rejoice, because our “baby” will have been born. The joys we will experience when that happens will make us forget all of our life’s difficulties. There will be rich rewards for all who have endured to the end. We will never grieve again. We will never again struggle against almost unbeatable odds. And no one will take away our joy!
Prayer: Lord, please continue to give us the strength to endure all of our pain. We know You will do so, for that is one of Your promises. We look forward to our joyous victory over same-sex attractions. But we also can rejoice now, over the clear vision of the future which You have given us. Thank You for being faithful and true to Your word.