Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 18th, 2017

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)

Joy Comes in the Morning

Tears may flow freely during the long, dark hours of the night of our need. Everything about the circumstance is real. However, there is the promise of the Lord’s intervention. Like the light of day, this divine help breaks in on our situation. Tears are finished and the joy breaks out.

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Devotion

The website Great Canadian Bucket list is based on travel writer Robin Esrock’s bestselling books. It lists Robin’s 150 best Canadian experiences across the county. He suggests, for example that you visit Cape Spear Newfoundland just before dawn to watch Canada’s first sunrise and welcome morning in Canada. Wake up early – it’s a 25 minute drive from the city to the Cape and you will want to get there while it is still good and dark. Check the weather forecast – you will want as clear a morning as possible. Cape Spear Lighthouse is a National Historic Site, and as well as seeing the sunrise over the North Atlantic, if you time it right you will also enjoy watching the whales and icebergs. And take the time to hike along the dramatic coastline.

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We have all had nights that seem to have lasted forever. This is particularly so when we have a concern weighing heavily on our heart and we spend most of the night praying, tossing and turning and then praying some more. Then the first signs of dawn appear and even though we are physically exhausted from such a long night, things seem a little more promising with the coming of the morning. There is a spiritual principle here. King David writes this in Psalm 30:5: “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” What we experience overnight in real time is a picture of the eternity that is promised us in Jesus Christ. The world in which we live has been tainted by sin, and even though it is still God’s world, it hasn’t yet been fully redeemed. There is coming a day when there will be no more night, and the light will be the unchanging presence of God Himself. And the fullness of joy for God’s redeemed people will be inexpressible. In the meantime, the Lord looks after His children and no matter how challenging things are in our life, the Lord will see us through and the brightness of the morning will come. In this life as a foretaste of eternity and in God’s eternal Kingdom. Joy will come in the morning.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley