Since the beginning, sorrow has filled the life of humans. The way we are brought in this world brings much sorrow to our mothers. As we live out our days, sorrow and pain will be our companions. When you think of how we eat it is through sorrow and pain. If you don’t think so, ask a farmer. Go to another country and watch laborers as they do their back-breaking work. Maybe in the United States we have been able to mask the sorrow or take steps that seem to soften the blow. But the sad fact remains; sorrow surrounds us everywhere we go.

Genesis 3:16 – Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 

Genesis 3:17 – And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 

Entire religions have been based on this sad reality. Religions were created to eliminate suffering or at least try to remove it from our “conscience.” However, no matter how much man tries sorrow is still there. Sorrow’s effect has been on all humankind and it even touched our Lord.

Matthew 26:38 – Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.  

Why is it that we as human beings think that we can avoid sorrow? Why is it that we stuff the sorrow away and try to act like we don’t have to face it? It is like that weird Uncle we are embarrassed to associate ourselves with. Can I remind you that Jesus was known as the man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3). I am convinced that if you are here on this earth you are facing some type of sorrow. If not now, you will face it shortly.

But the truth is, as believers, we don’t focus on sorrow.. As believers, we have been given hope. In that hope is where we stay our mind. The fact is that our Heavenly Father will take our sorrow, our suffering, and make it into something GLORIOUS. (Romans 8:17-18; 28-30; 1 Peter 1:7 and many more.) We no longer have to be sorrowful because we know that there is coming a day where our sorrow will be no more.

Revelation 21:4 – And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

A truth that we must remind ourselves of daily is this–we have been given these wonderful truths. But there are billions around the world that are living in sorrow and we have a cure that can bring hope. What are you going to do about it?

About the author

Robert Canfield is the Director of the Our Generation Training Center and a missionary with Vision Baptist Missions representing the continent of Africa.

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