Weeping May Endure for a Night,
But Joy Cometh in the Morning
Text Job 1:1-12
Why do bad things happen to people? Only to those who deserve it! There are two main sources of influence, God and the devil. Why is it that Job did not charge God, was not God to blame? Remember that we said there are two great influences: God and the devil. The story of Job canonizes this conflict:
"6: Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them...
1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. 2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”; thus, all are in need of a Savior (1 John 3:4–5).
James. 1: 2, 3.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience".
Trials are part of this life. Some of the problems by our own sins (Prov. 13: 15). Some difficulties may result from doing what is right (2 Tim. 3: 12). Listen to the Psalmist regarding one beneficial purpose of suffering:
Psalms. 119: 71, 72
"It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver".
Weeping, suffering, and grief are facts. God has not promised to remove these experiences and emotions. Instead, God has made a way, the truth, and a life in the time of darkness (Matt 1:21, Luke 5). God does promise to provide his people with the means and ability to endure trials and to advantageously use the difficulties of life (cf. I Cor. 10: 13, Ps. 34: 7). Job, he did not charge God even though all around him insisted that he should.
"So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning".
Rejoicing for weeping, dancing for suffering, and joy for grief. "Weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psalms 30:5).