Summary: There’s nothing permanent about what you are facing today. That problem will last for only a night, for only a season. But you must be ready to pray until you see your morning season
One of the most encouraging passages in the Bible is Psalm 30:5. The verse reads: “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for a night but joy comes in the morning”. No matter how long a problem may have gone on for, no matter how difficult and challenging the problem may appear to be, one thing is certain from this verse: PROBLEMS DON’T LAST FOREVER. Whatever you are going through today is a temporary situation. There’s nothing permanent about what you are facing today. That problem will last for only a night, for only a season.
The Night Season…
In our journey of life, we go through different seasons. Everyone at some point goes through a night season and a morning season. As we see from Psalm 30:5, the night season is a period of weeping. You weep because you may be going through a time of loss. In Job 16:16, Job said “My face is red with weeping dark shadows ring my eyes”. Job’s night season was a particularly distressing time of his life. He lost virtually everything. He lost his children, his house, his servants, his businesses, his health and everything that meant something to him. If like Job you are going through a night season because you have lost someone and something dear to you, you have lost blessings, testimonies and opportunities, I prophesy to you that your morning of joy begins today. Job lost so much, but the God of restoration brought him into a morning season. Job 42:10 tells us that “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before”. As a new season dawns in your life today, the God of restoration will give you twice as much as you have lost. He will give you double for all you have lost, double for all your troubles (Isaiah 61:7).
For David, his night season was a period in his life when people were asking him “Where is your God” (Psalm 42:3)? Perhaps that’s the question some people are asking you today. They know you are a believer; you pray, go to church regularly and serve the Lord dutifully. So when challenges come your way, to mock you they ask questions like where is your God? In their hearts what they are saying is after all there are so many people who aren’t as dedicated as you are to God, who don’t do half the things you do for God yet they are married, have children, live in luxury etc. Why can’t the God you claim to serve help you or change your situation? If that is your story, all that ends today as God brings you into the morning season of your life. Those that have been asking you where is your God will see the manifestation of God’s faithfulness and goodness in your life and will start to say this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23).
Or maybe you are like Hannah and you have been weeping because you have been facing delay. For years you have been praying, waiting and believing God for a child, spouse, job, career, business or ministry advancement and nothing seems to have happened. During Hannah’s night season, many times her husband had to ask her “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons” (1 Samuel 1:8)? But when her morning season came, her tears turned to tears of joy. As God brings you into the morning season of your life, every yoke and stronghold of delay will be shattered in your life and you will be filled with tears of joy.
The morning season is a time of joy because it is a time God visits you, turns things around for your favour, and wipes away your tears. God will wipe away your tears today but you must be ready to pray until you see your morning season.
Joy comes in the morning because God remembers you…
In 1 Samuel 1:19-20, God remembered Hannah and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Her long awaited request became a testimony when God remembered her. Hannah saw her morning of joy because she didn’t give up in the place of prayer. 1 Samuel 1:7 says “This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat”. It was only when Hannah went to the house of the Lord to pray that her rival provoked her, that her rival mocked and ridiculed her. The provocation didn’t come when she cooked for her husband, slept with her husband, or went with her husband on evening strolls. It was when she prayed that she came under attack. The devil was trying to weaken her strength and resolve to pray because anytime Hannah prayed, a testimony was being birthed in the spiritual realm. Every time Hannah prayed, Hannah was drawing closer and closer to her breakthrough; her night season was giving way for her morning season. So in order to hinder her breakthrough, the enemy tried to weaken her prayer life. Though Hannah got discouraged by some of the things her rival Penniah said and did to her, she never gave up in the place of prayer. She still continued to pray. Hannah prayed until her morning of joy came.