Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.
Perhaps an unusual verse to share as a thought for the week but a profound truth.
We would rather be happy than sad, and yet there are times when God allows a sadness to come into our lives. Sometimes that sadness comes and passes and other times it remains grinding away at our hearts. It’s often something we can’t share with other people because it’s either too painful or just because no one understands. But God knows, and so through time we learn to lean our weight upon Him and trust Him with the pain of it all.
It’s all part of the refining process in a Christian’s life. Christ experienced it. He was known as the ‘man of sorrows and acquainted with grief’. Why should life be all happy clappy and frivolous for those who truly follow Him?
The word says:
‘He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross ... so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord.’
See beyond your sadness to the purposes of God. Look at the work He is doing in your heart. He is bringing you into a place where you shall lean on Him. Take your sadness to Him. Bury yourself deep into the heart of God and find the comfort of His presence with you. Let the wound, the reason for your pain, be uncovered when you are in His presence and remember these reassuring words:
‘But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.’Job 23:10
Job was also able to say:
‘For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.’
Despite your sadness or difficulties let these words be true for you. Don’t allow the circumstances to alter the course of your life. Stay the path, let sheer determination set in. Our God is able! He sent forth an angel to strengthen the Christ in Gethsemane, He will send you help from His sanctuary just when you need it most. Trust Him.
‘He will send help from heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me. My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.’