Sorrow Into Joy

He Will Turn Your Sorrow Into Joy

And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.  (Genesis 17:15 – 22)

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) Sarai had endured much heartache while she waited on her blessing. And the thing is when God had pronounced her blessing, she wasn’t even there. How many blessings have God pronounced on you that you are not aware of? How often have you been discouraged while you’ve waited on your blessing? Daniel waited twenty one days before he saw any evidence of the answer to his prayers. When Abraham received the news of Sarah’s blessing, he laughed with joy. Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. (John 16:20) This promise is somewhat peculiar, because Jesus didn’t promise to take away your sorrow and replace it with joy. He promised to take the very thing that made you cry and turn it into joy. This concept is hard to understand, but we accept it as from the Lord. Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)