Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5).
Joy comes in the morning, but when does morning come?
God promised us this would be true. But what if the morning doesn’t come tomorrow? I don’t mean what if tomorrow never comes but rather what if tomorrow is not the morning when joy comes?
This is not a promise built on the premise of “sleep on it.”
God said joy comes in the morning, but he didn’t say the morning will always come tomorrow. God said joy comes in the morning, but he didn’t say joy is just around the corner. God said joy comes in the morning, but he didn’t say that my troubles would disappear overnight.
Joy will come, that much is certain. Light will prevail over darkness.
But that joy comes on God’s timeline, not mine.
Joy Comes In The Morning…Slowly
Nothing I have encountered in life has shown me that if I go to bed sad or hurt it will be all better tomorrow. Sometimes the morning brings with it a fresh perspective. Rest gives us patience reserves we lacked the day before.
But these aren’t joy, they are means of coping and processing. It is something deeper, something more profound. And it comes with more than a good night’s sleep.
- Joy comes with the dawn.
- Joy comes with the dawning of a new season of life.
- Joy comes with the light of hope and a future.
- Joy comes when we can see God at work by the light of a new day.
- Joy comes when the darkness of our pain and difficulty gives way to the warmth and brightness of the Spirit working in us.
- Joy comes as the winter of sadness slowly gives way to the hope we find in Scripture.
Circumstances do not change overnight most of the time and neither do our lives and hearts. We change over time. We see more over time. We strain our eyes to see in the dark until they burn.
We want to give up, but we know that if we keep looking we might see something, anything. And then dawn comes, faintly at first, then with growing light. The chill breaks, our eyes begin to make out what lies ahead.
Suddenly, we realize that morning is slowly dawning. And joy comes with the morning.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. (Proverbs 4:18)
Joy Comes In The Morning…When God Fulfills His Promises
Joy comes in the morning. It doesn’t mean tomorrow. It’s not a formula that promises that you’ll feel happy at sunrise. It’s a promise that will come true when God’s sunrise breaks.
Scripture is replete with examples of people waiting for God to fulfill his promises and to bring his promised joy. God promised a son to Abraham. Abraham waited, and waited, and waited. During his waiting, he experienced much grief. Sarah deeply struggled to believe that God would indeed be true to his word.
When would the joy pierce the darkness?
David was promised the kingship. And then he found himself on the run from Saul, hiding in caves and pretending to be insane. Would God ever break through the bleakness of his life and fulfill his promises?
Yes, he would. And he always does. Joy comes in the morning when God fulfills his good promises to us.
It means when the darkness breaks. When, not if. That is the promise, that a new day will come. It will come. We can make it through the dark, cold night because we know it’s true.