The other morning I read these verses while going through my Matthew Henry reading on Job 11 and was encouraged. Maybe one wouldn't expect encouragement while reading Job, but if you look for it, you may find it:-). I especially loved the verse in bold above, it's such a beautiful picture of forgetting. As I've mentioned recently it seems so often in my reading there's been a theme of forgetting pain, of hope for joy to come. Hoping can be hard (Hope deferred maketh the heart sick), and it made me think of something people often say during hard times, 'It's just a season." That
frustrates makes me wonder a little because we don't know for sure it's a season, or if this is how life will be...anyway the thought had me pulling out my concordance and checking out what the Bible had to say about seasons. This passage from Ecclesiastes of course immediately came to mind, but I included a few others as well. It is true the idea of seasons of joy and sadness is certainly seen in the Bible, so today I'm thankful for the comfort and promises in these verses.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning....Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness."
Psalm 30:5,11"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
"And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power."
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
Linking up today at Thankful Thursday, and Thought Provoking Thursday.