Scripture: For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalms 30:5 NIV).
They say that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. But Christianity calls us to not only be tough but to hope. We are to hope that the season of hardship or challenging times do come to an end. The secret ingredient to this hope is the knowledge of the steadfast love of GOD.
What does Steadfast mean? It means unwavering, firm, unfaltering, and staunch. Steadfast means that it is consistent and does not change easily.
Whoever comes to God must believe in the steadfast love of GOD. Because we believe that His love is steadfast, we must also be steadfast (James 5:11).
The Kings Lost In the Desert
2 kings 3 talks about three kings who went out to battle. The three Kings (King of Edom, King of Israel, and the King of Judah) decided that they would surprise their enemy by taking a route through the desert of Edom.
After seven days of journeying through the desert, the three Kings and their army had no water left.
The King of Israel was shocked to find out that there was no water for them or their animals! The Bible says that he exclaimed, “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?” (2 Kings 3:10).
There are times in life when we feel the same way that this King felt. We had made our plans, and according to our plans, we would never lack. All of a sudden, something happens, and we feel like God has set us up.
But King Jehoshaphat saw it differently. Instead of getting surprised by the turn of events, he asked his friends, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, so that we may seek God about this issue” (2 Kings 3:11).
An official of the King of Israel informed them that there was a prophet living there, and the prophet was Elisha.
So the Kings went to Elisha so that he would seek GOD on their behalf. But Elisha told the Kings to do something that most people don’t like to do when experiencing trouble. He asked the Kings to bring a harpist so that they could sing to GOD.
While the harpist was playing, the Bible says that the hand of the LORD came on Elisha, and Elisha said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.
Jesus Christ is Greater Than Elisha
The Bible not only calls Jesus the Son of God who came to deliver us from sin but also the High Priest forever. The truth is that every other human priest of God failed God. They would either get so full of themselves that their arrogance deceives them. Or, they would get greedy and try to deceive God’s people. So if you study the old testament and when you go to the book of Hosea, you find the scripture that says:
My people perish because of ignorance. Therefore, I reject your priests and your leaders (Hosea 4).
Yes! We have had good leaders, but we have never seen a perfect leader. And so it was God’s will from the beginning (Genesis) to restore creation unto himself through Christ. Jesus is the King in Zion (God’s nation/kingdom) and the High Priest for the people.
Apostle Paul went to great lengths to explain this truth to the early church. He said that it was God’s will that we should have a human high priest, “Jesus Christ,” who understands our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15).
In 1 Timothy 2:5, Paul said, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man is Christ Jesus,”
Jesus is greater than Elisha, Elijah, Moses, and all the Prophets. In fact, Paul said that all these prophets were servants of Christ in that they were servants in the household of GOD. But the son is in charge of the household (Hebrews 3:5).
If the Kings went to Elisha and Elisha told them to bring a harpist and praise God, we must go to God through Christ. We seek GOD through prayer in Christ, and we praise GOD because we know that no matter how hard it looks, our salvation is an easy thing for GOD to do.
Tears Flow Through The Night, But Joy
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27 ESV).
The truth is that the Bible is a witness account for this age. Its accounts are a reminder that it was GOD who commanded life to exist. So there’s nothing too hard for him. But when we face calamities or challenges, we don’t seek Christ in the same way the Kings chose to seek Elisha. We try to figure things out by ourselves, or we look to other people for solutions.
We have become a fulfilling prophecy of the words that Jesus spoke. Jesus said, “The stone that the builders refused turned out to be the most valuable! This stone is the Chief cornerstone! (Matthew 21:42).
Jesus Christ is our ally, our High Pries, and Living Prophet. He should be the foundation of all that we set out to do. When struggles come, Jesus is the go-to priest that we seek through prayer.
The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that a Christian sees the value of Christ in all seasons of life.
If you develop the habit of seeking Christ and placing your hope in his saving grace, you will understand the truth behind this beautiful scripture: Tears may flow through the night, but joy comes in the morning.
Come to the Lord, the living stone rejected by people as worthless but chosen by God as valuable. Come as living stones, and let yourselves be used in building the spiritual temple, where you will serve as holy priests to offer spiritual and acceptable sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ. For the scripture says, “I chose a valuable stone, which I am placing as the cornerstone in Zion; and whoever believes in him will never be disappointed.” 1 Peter 2:4-8 GNT