John 11:35 Jesus wept
Such a small verse but oh the power of it. Right before this, his friend Lazarus had died. He knew He was going to raise Him from the dead. He had no reason to weep because he died but He wept because he felt compassion on the ones around Him.
This gives me so much hope. When I am sad, God understands that emotion. I believe with all of my heart that He doesn't like to see us sad. He would love to see us happy all the days of our lives.
Although life isn't full of roses and all sweet things, we can still find joy in the Lord. He promises to always be with us. When I truly put my faith in Him, I can have joy even through a trial. Is it easy, no but with God all things are possible. Only trust Him to give us the peace we need. He will take care of ALL of our problems.
There is no greater feeling then to feel like God has His arms wrapped around us and He won't let go. He gives us the strength we need all we have to do is ask.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your compassion on us. Thank you for understanding when we are sad. Thank you for allowing us to come to you and to find peace in You. Help our unbelief that we might be better lights for you. Show us how to have joy in our trials. Let our trials bring others to You. Please bless us and enlarge our territories, keep Your hand upon us and keep us from evil. You granted this to Jabez so I am praying for you to grant it to us as well. In Jesus name, Amen