Today's verses are John 16:19,20: "Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, 'Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me?' Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy." My child, do you know that I can read minds? Yes, I know what people are thinking. Nothing is hidden from me. Being omniscient, I even know all people's thoughts, including yours!
I knew my disciples were having a hard time understanding what I was teaching them at this moment. They were confused by what I meant when I said that "a little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me." So I tried to explain to them what I was saying.
I began by saying again, "Truly, truly I say to you." This phrase means what I'm about to say is of extreme importance.
I wanted them to understand fully that after my cross they would experience much sorrow and sadness. I told them that they would weep and lament over my death. Extraordinary grief would consume them.
Amidst their grief the world would rejoice. Those who rejected my message and person would delight in my death. They would celebrate over my demise.
But I wanted my disciples also to know that their sorrow would not last forever. I wanted them to know that their sadness would soon turn into joy.
One of the major ways I use sorrow and sadness in your life is to allow you to contrast it with joy when it finally comes to you. How else can you know joy unless you've also experienced sadness? How else can you know happiness unless you've also known heartache?
You may feel sad today, but please know that is not where I want you to remain. I want your night to know sunlight. I want your gloom to see daybreak. I want your hurt to know hope. Though your sorrow may last for the night I want you to know that joy comes in the morning.
I am working in your sorrow to teach you how to trust me fully. I am in your life's fog to show you how to allow me to guide you. My mercies are new every morning. Great is my faithfulness.
Can a bride forget her bridal ornaments? Can a mother forget the name of the son and daughter she nursed? Or course not!
Nor can I forget your name. You are my bride. You are my adopted son and daughter. You carry my name. My child, you are mine!
Don't forget me in your dark days. I have not forgotten you. Trust in my resurrection power. I will turn your sorrow into joy. It is coming.
You can trust me today.