“It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth” Ecclesiastes 7:2-4.
All of us experiences sorrow in our lives. We are also told in Matthew 5: 4 “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
The Holy Spirit works Godly sorrow in our lives through these experiences that we face in life. We are told that our sorrow will turn into joy when we identify through Him and travel through these instances in life. Childbirth is a very traumatic experience and is one that I am glad that I haven’t had to face. But after giving birth the mother is overjoyed to finally see the young birth that emerges, and all of the months of suffering, are now turned into joy finally.
I have faced many times of very deep sorrow as I know that many of you have as well. With the death of loves ones, and unfortunate instances and suffering has taken its toll on me, and yet, through these experiences I’ve had a taste of eternity and it has brought me into a deeper communion with the Lord, as I know that He faced a sorrow more than any of us ever will. He is known as a man of sorrows, and yet, I know that His sorrow was turned into joy many times when He saw children come running towards Him. I’m certain that He experienced joy when men put their faith in Him. He knew of man’s pain and He knew and knows of our limitations and even our lack of faith in Him at times. And yet He loves us through all these circumstances and trials of life. He knew the sting of loneliness as many that followed Him ended up betraying Him.
Don’t be afraid to experience sorrow. Know that in it and through it, God will use it to establish a deeper wisdom in you. This wisdom will strengthen you and cause you to have a long-term vision in our life and in the lives of others; you will develop a deeper life. You will learn to number your days and to make the best of your life in living it for Him. You will have a deeper compassion and empathy for others and you will become more merciful in the process.
We don’t run towards sorrow or grief, but we also don’t run away from it. It stands as a sign post along the road that we pass in our lives. We see the reminder of it in the many sign posts that we’ve passed along in life’s journeys. They serve as a remembrance of what we’ve been through, and while we were there at that time, we have now moved on past that place, it still is there within us. But now the deep roots of wisdom and strength have replaced that once gnawing pain that was there.
But know that one can wallow in their pain; don’t allow this to happen. Don’t allow grief to bind you or to keep you in its grip. Give your sorrow to Him who can hold it in His hands. Then it won’t be able to crush you, but it will in time become a thing of beauty, and those tears will turn into gold.
In this life we will experience many joys and many sorrows; it is part of life. And for the child of God these experiences can cause us to see His hand upon us in these journeys, and we know that He will continue to use them to mold and shape us into the people of character that will be more like Him.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?