by Bible League International
Verse of the Day and Devotion
…”Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” – Luke 6:21 ESV
Our verse for today is one of the Beatitudes listed in Luke 6. The Beatitudes were spoken by Jesus as part of His Sermon on the Mount. The word “beatitude” refers to a state of being abundantly blessed and extremely happy. The Beatitudes are declarations of blessedness over those who embody what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Each of them begins with a pronouncement of “Blessed” over those who embody a particular virtue disciples should have and then follows with the reason why those who embody the virtue are blessed.
One of the virtues of being a disciple of Jesus is that they weep. In what way can weeping be a virtue? Weeping can be a virtue because of what disciples weep about.
First of all, disciples weep about the sin that is still left in their lives. True disciples of Jesus are sorry for their sins. They don’t ignore them or take them lightly. When they stumble, they may not be cast headlong (Psalm 37:4), but they weep nonetheless because of what they have done. That’s why disciples confess their sins. They confess them because they want to get things right with God again. They want to be forgiven of their sins and they want to be cleansed of all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
Second, Disciples weep because of the trials, troubles, tribulations, and persecutions of life. Disciples are not indifferent to the struggles of life. They’re not Stoic philosophers trying to act as if they’re unaffected by it all. They weep because life this side of glory is full of pressures and afflictions that try the soul. They weep because they know it shouldn’t be this way and they work, as a result of their weeping, towards changing the way things are.
The good news is that those who weep shall laugh in the end. Weeping does not have the last word for disciples. Moreover, the laughter is not the frivolous laughter of the foolish, but the joyful laughter of the wise. The Apostle Paul said that he was “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” (II Corinthians 6:10) And the Apostle John said that in the end the Lord will wipe away every tear from our eyes. (Revelation 21:4)
Today, there may be some weeping in your life, but, take heart, for “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)