A Time To Weep

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn.

Someone is weeping today. In fact, many people weep every day—more than we can count. Sometimes it seems as though weeping is all there is; all that is appropriate. Close family members die or suffer with chronic pain and illness; jobs are lost; homes are lost due to fire or flood or financial setbacks. We hear and read of massive loss of life in areas all over the earth; and we grieve at the evil still stalking our planet. Then there are the personal disappointments which color our perspective and emotions.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance….
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

Christians are advised to "weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15 KJV). We often wonder if the weeping will ever stop. We wonder when and if we will smile again. Are we spiritually bankrupt if genuine smiles hardly ever adorn our faces? Can hope and grief fill the same space?

Hope is the reason we have turned to God through Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. He acknowledged the sorrow we would feel, but he also promised a happy ending:

I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy….Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
John 16:20, 22

He also taught: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4).

Even though we have reason to grieve now, we also have reason to hope for the joy to come.

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