(James Smith, “The Pastor’s Evening Visit”)
“Your sorrow shall be turned into joy!” John 16:20
The sorrow of the Christian must be transient. It is like the passing cloud on the summer’s day; or the chill of winter which must give place to the genial warmth of spring.
Beloved, if you now have sorrow — then your sorrow also shall soon be turned into joy; for joy is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
Heaviness may endure for the night — but joy comes in the morning.
The FOES that disturb your peace — shall be converted or destroyed.
The CLOUDS that obscure your sun — shall soon dissolve in showers of blessing on your favored head.
The hard and weary road between you and your eternal home — will soon be passed! The days of your mourning will be ended, and those who now go forth weeping, bearing precious seed — shall soon return with songs of everlasting joy!
Therefore “Your sorrow shall be turned into joy!” John 16:20
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