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  BALANCING   SADNESS

 By Ian Hufton

 

If  you  are  like me  your  burden  of  sadness  grows  heavier  and  heavier  each day.  People are dying in floods and tornadoes and street fights etc… all the time.

Jesus  said  the world’s worst events  would  occur  just before His  arrival  on  earth  to bring about peace  and  happiness for all nations.

 

Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the    

                             beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matthew 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should

                              no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall

                               be shortened

 

THE GREATEST SADNESS IS COMING.

 

How  will each  of  us cope  with  the  burden  of  sadness in  the  coming  days?  How does Jesus want His servants to react to growing and overwhelming sadness?

 

Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a

                     cloud with power and great glory.

 

Luke 21:28 And when …..these things…. begin… to come to pass, then look

                     up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.

 

  A ….. JOYOUS – EXCITEMENT……  FOCUS

 

Jesus wants His servants fired up and excited, not buried in sadness. We need to be able to balance our burden of sadness with the promised joy ahead of us.  Paul cautions us against being weary and fainting.

 

Galatians 6:9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due

                        season we shall reap,   if we faint not.

 

 DAVID,   JOB  AND  JESUS

 

King David faced many sore troubles yet he balanced the pain with his joy for the promises of the future.

 

Psalm 71:20  Thou, which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shall 

                         quicken me again, and shall bring me up again from the depths 

                         of the earth.

 

Psalm 71:21  Thou shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

 

Psalm 71:22  I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy

                         truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou

                         Holy One of Israel.

 

Psalm 71:23  My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my

                         soul, which thou hast redeemed.

 

Job (in the book of Job) also balanced his giant burden of grief and sadness with his grasp of the joy of future blessings.

 

Job 13:15  Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but

                    I will maintain mine own ways before him.

 

Job 14:14  If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of

                   my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

 

Job 14:15  Thou shall call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt

                    have a desire to the work of thine hands.

 

Jesus suffered great horror, pain and agony but balanced it with a view of the joy promised in the future.

 

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who

                           for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising   

                           the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Hebrews 12:3  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners

                           against himself,….. lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

 

OUR   MAIN   FOCUS

 

Paul explains how we counter balanced the…… weight of continuing sadness.

 

2Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man    

                                  perish, yet the inward man is…….renewed day by day.

 

2Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us  

                                  a far more…….. exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

 

2Corinthians 4:18 While we….. look not at the things……… which….are….. seen, but             

                                  at the things which …are not seen… for the things which are

                                  seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are …..eternal.

 

 God  has  given  us  many Bible examples to follow and  help  us  balance the grievous tragedies all around  us  with the unspeakable joy of the  coming of God’s new paradise on earth.

 

1 Peter 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom,

                      though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye

                      rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 

1 Peter 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

ABRAHAM  FOCUSED  ON  THE  GREAT  PROMISES

 

Hebrews 11:8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place

                           which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed;

                           and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

 

Hebrews 11:9  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a

                           strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob,

                           the heirs with him of the same promise:

 

Hebrews 11:10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations,

                              whose builder and maker is God.

 

THEY   FOCUSED   ON THE PROMISES

 

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises,

                             but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,

                             and embraced them, and confessed that they

                             were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

 

Hebrews 11:14 For they that say such things declare

                             plainly that they seek a country.

 

Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly:

                            wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:

                            for He hath prepared for them a city.

 

These “hall of fame” Bible heroes suffered trials and great sadness but they balanced themselves with powerful, uplifting thinking on the sure promises of the days out ahead.

 

“DEATH – DAY”………WORDS FROM JESUS

 

Jesus was less than 24 hours from dying when He  urged  His disciples to “be of good cheer”

even in personal tribulation.  Jesus knows we will be burdened by great sadness in a world of   darkness.

 

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye

                     might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but

                     be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have

                  I loved you: continue ye in my love.

 

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall

                    abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's                      

                    commandments, and abide in his love.

 

John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might

                     remain in you, and that….. your….. joy….. might….. be full.

 

SO JESUS SAYS……..LIFT UP YOUR HEADS

 

Luke 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified:/

 

Luke 21:10 /Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

 

Luke 21:11  And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places and famines,

                     and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from

                     heaven

 

Luke 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

 

Luke 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem   compassed with

                     armies, then…… know… that…the desolation thereof is nigh.

 

Luke 21:21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains;/

 

Luke 21:24  And they shall fall by the edge of the

                      sword, and shall be led away captive into  all nations: and   

                      Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until/

 

Luke 21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in

                      the moon, and in the stars; and upon the  earth distress of 

                      nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

 

Luke 21:26  Men's…. hearts….. failing… them….for…. fear, and for looking   

                     after those things which are coming on the earth: for the             

                     powers of heaven shall be shaken.

 

Luke 21:27  And then shall they see the Son of man (JESUS) coming in a               

                     cloud with power and great glory.

 

Luke 21:28  And…. when these things…… begin to come to pass, …..then…..

                     …… look up,…… and …..lift….. up…. your….. heads; for

                     …..your…. redemption…… draws…… nigh.  

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