“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning”

Is it not an unreasonable speech for a man at midnight to say, ‘It will never be day?’ It is as unreasonable for a man in trouble to say, ‘O Lord, I shall never get free; it will be always thus!’”—Richard Sibbes, 17th century Puritan

As I was reading on this last day of 2012, I came across this gem from the pen of 17th century Anglican pastor, Richard Sibbes. It is easy for us to believe (especially those who are in the midst of trying times) that the way things are now are the way that they will always be. However, just as sunrise follows the darkest night, quite often life resembles the Psalmist words, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

We do not know what the future holds, and, yes, the circumstances of our lives may not change, but we have the knowledge that our God is truly a God that is in control of all that goes on, even in this fallen world in which we live. As the Westminster Confession of Faith so wonderfully describes our Lord’s jurisdiction:

God the great Creator of all things does uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by His most wise and holy providence, according to His infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of His own will, to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.” (V. i.)

We can trust this God to work out His purpose in our lives and in the lives of the people we love, for His eternal glory and our eternal good.

Sovereign Lord, forgive us when we fear the present darkness, instead of trusting in the light that will surely one day come.”