THEY THAT WEEP WILL ALSO REJOICE
In Jeremiah 31, we hear about mourning and weeping and of scattering and gathering the people of Israel. The lord advises that those who survive the sword will find favor in the desert and find rest. He affirms to them saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will rebuild you O Israel. With tambourines you will dance with joy and vineyards will be planted. Yet in verse 15, we read, the Lord says, ‘A voice is weeping in Ramah with great mourning. Rachel is weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted because they are no more. She is assured with compassion from the Lord, ‘Restrain your weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded, your children will return to their own land.’
So here we hear of scattering and gathering-of weeping and mourning but that the Lord comforts and reassures, that he will bring forth rejoicing and hope for the future. His people will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord. They will be like a well-watered garden and will sorrow no more. God is promising us after the sorrows in our lives that we will be redeemed and rewarded from his bounty. In his quietness and strength he will bring us through to rejoice in his loving kindness. He will fulfill your questioning faith as to our trials in his timing with our trust and his truth. After our emotions are scattered, God will gather us in his comfort.
Then we rejoice!