Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy.

John 16: 20


This is another instance of. God being fair, just, and forthright with people; Jesus is letting His followers in on the bitter-sweet reality of the way that life goes for God’s children. As Christ faced opposition and even hatred, so will we; as He was dealt painful blows, both physically and emotionally, we will receive them, too. The evil of this world can not sit still and allow God’s goodness to go unanswered; still, the Lord promises us that the pain, suffering, and distress that we experience will last for only a very short period of time, and on the other side there will be a joy that is too great to imagine.


The thing to bear in mind when the hurt and the sorrow start to pile up and the face of joy seems to be hidden behind the wreckage of all that has gone wrong in life is that God is always faithful to His word. He promises that He will stay with us throughout everything that we encounter in this world, and He has made a commitment to us that we will experience a totality of joy that can only be found in the presence of the creator of all that is good in the universe.


Jesus is reminding all of us that when people in this world take pleasure in our pain and when the victory seems to be going to those who oppose God’s plan for justice and righteousness, this situation will last for only a brief moment. These are the times when we need to cling tightly to God’s truths, turn to our spiritual families for strength and support, and trust in the just outcome that the Lord will provide. As it was true for Jesus, so it is for all of God’s people, the victory over all that is corrupt, angry, and evil in this world has already been won; God asks each of us to trust Him enough to continually live as the victors that we are.