IN THE MORNING
By Wayne S. Walker
"For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5). Have you ever experienced one of those situations in your life when the future looked particularly bleak and you went to bed having absolutely no idea what you could do about it? How often it seems in circumstances like these that, after a good night’s sleep, the morning awakens us with a new hope! When I was a child and was feeling bad in the evening, my mother would often tell me, "Things will be better in the morning." And they usually were.
This does not mean that God will automatically or magically cause all of a person’s troubles to go away during the night. If we have a problem when we pillow our heads, that problem may well still be present the next morning. However, after resting, we may be able to look at the problem from a different perspective that will give us new insights into it. Or perhaps, even, our subconscious may have been working through the night so that when we arise we might be able to devise a solution. "The end of a thing is better than its beginning" (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
The main point of the Psalm text is that while "His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life." The trials and tribulations that we may be called upon to face are "but for a moment." They are only temporary, whereas God’s favor, help, and blessings are for life, both here on this earth and in eternity (note 2 Corinthians 4:18). The burden that we have to carry may be hard to bear, but it becomes a lot easier to endure knowing that it will not last forever–there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is rest at the end of the way. "For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise" (Hebrews 10:36)
Even if that burden continues for the rest of our time on earth, there is another "morning" to which we can look forward that will bring relief. Mrs. R. A. Evilsizer wrote of that time "When the trumpet shall sound, And the dead shall arise, And the splendors immortal Shall envelope the skies, When the angel of death shall no longer destroy, And the dead shall awaken In the morning of joy." When that eternal morning dawns, we shall assuredly know "that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).