Tag Archives: sorrow

Scripture at Sunrise 8.12.2020

“but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8

“The sight of Christ’s bleeding body should incense us against sin…Let not that be our joy, which made Christ a man of sorrow.” – Thomas Watson

Scripture at Sunrise 1.28.2020

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” -Revelation 21:4

Yes, we shall come to this if we are believers. Sorrow shall cease, and tears shall be wiped away. This is the world of weeping, but it passes away. There shall be a new heaven and a new earth, so says the first verse of this chapter; and therefore there will be nothing to weep over concerning the Fall and its consequent miseries. Read the second verse and note how it speaks of the bride and her marriage. The Lamb’s wedding is a time for boundless pleasure, and tears would be out of place. The third verse says that God Himself will dwell among men; and surely at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore, and tears can no longer flow.

What will our state be when there will be no more sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain? This will be more glorious than we can as yet imagine. O eyes that are red with weeping, cease your scalding flow, for in a little while ye shall know no more tears! None can wipe tears away like the God of love, but He is coming to do it. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Come, Lord, and tarry not; for now both men and women must weep!

[from Morning & Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 11.26.2019

“Your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” -John 16:20

Their particular sorrow was the death and absence of their Lord, and it was turned into joy when He rose from the dead and showed Himself in their midst. All the sorrows of saints shall be thus transmuted, even the worst of them, which look as if they must forever remain fountains of bitterness.

Then the more sorrow, the more joy. If we have loads of sorrow, then the Lord’s power will turn them into tons of joy. Then the bitterer the trouble the sweeter the pleasure: the swinging of the pendulum far to the left will cause it to go all the farther to the right. The remembrance of the grief shall heighten the flavor of the delight: we shall set the one in contrast with the other, and the brilliance of the diamond shall be the more clearly seen because of the black foil behind it.

Come, my heart, cheer up! In a little while I shall be as glad as I am now gloomy. Jesus tells me that by a heavenly alchemy my sorrow shall be turned into joy. I do not see how it is to be, but I believe it, and I begin to sing by way of anticipation. This depression of spirit is not for long; I shall soon be up among the happy ones who praise the Lord day and night, and there I shall sing of the mercy which delivered me out of great afflictions.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 6.18.2019

Now will I rise, saith the Lord; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself. -Isaiah 33:10

When the spoilers had made the land as waste as if devoured by locusts, and the warriors who had defended the country sat down and wept like women, then the Lord came to the rescue. When travelers ceased from the roads to Zion, and Bashan and Carmel were as vineyards from which the fruit has failed, then the Lord arose. God is exalted in the midst of an afflicted people, for they seek His face and trust Him. He is still more exalted when in answer to their cries He lifts up Himself to deliver them and overthrow their enemies.

Is it a day of sorrow with us? Let us expect to see the Lord glorified in our deliverance. Are we drawn out in fervent prayer? Do we cry day and night unto Him? Then the set time for His grace is near. God will lift up Himself at the right season. He will arise when it will be most for the display of His glory. We wish for His glory more than we long for our own deliverance. Let the Lord be exalted, and our chief desire is obtained.

Lord, help us in such a way that we may see that Thou Thyself art working. May we magnify Thee in our inmost souls. Make all around us to see how good and great a God Thou art.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 7.18.2018

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -2 Corinthians 12:9

“I am afraid that all the grace that I have got of my comfortable and easy times and happy hours, might almost lie on a penny. But the good that I have received of my sorrows, and pains, and griefs, is altogether incalculable.” -Charles H. Spurgeon

Scripture at Sunrise 1.23.2017

Sunday MorningSqueezing Joy Out of Sorrow | Romans 5:2-5 (Steve Wainright)
“Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”  -Romans 5:2-5

It is inevitable that we will all have trouble. Do we really boast in our troubles? In our suffering? How can we squeeze joy out of sorrow?
When you’re squeezed and twisted in all areas of your life, God is producing joy. In suffering, the believer sees something greater: they see God’s hand at work.
He squeezes us all in different ways. When pressure is applied, something greater is being squeezed out of your life. In your squeezing, are you boasting about God or complaining about your circumstances?
The child of God can boast in tribulations for God has a higher purpose than we can see.

-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon

Sermon Audio:
MorningSqueezing Joy Out of Sorrow | Romans 5:2-5 (Steve Wainright)
Evening – A Biblical Definition of the Sabbath | John 5:1-18 (Anthony Vance)

Scripture at Sunrise 8.21.2012

“For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. -Psalm 30:5

A moment under our Father’s anger seems very long, and yet it is but a moment after all. If we grieve His Spirit, we cannot look for His smile; but He is a God ready to pardon, and He soon puts aside all remembrance of our faults. When we faint and are ready to die because of His frown, His favor puts new life into us.

This verse has another note of the semi-quaver kind. Our weeping night soon turns into joyous day. Brevity is the mark of mercy in the hour of the chastisement of believers. The Lord loves not to use the rod on His chosen; He gives a blow or two, and all is over; yea, and the life and the joy, which follow the anger and the weeping, more than make amends for the salutary sorrow.

Come, my heart, begin thy hallelujahs! Weep not all through the night, but wipe thine eyes in anticipation of the morning. These tears are dews which mean us as much good as the sunbeams of the morrow. Tears clear the eyes for the sight of God in His grace and make the vision of His favor more precious. A night of sorrow supplies those shades of the pictures by which the highlights are brought out with distinctness. All is well.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]