13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
Proverbs 14: 13 (KJV)
Have you ever realized that no matter how great something is in your life, and no matter how much joy it brings you, there is an underlying sorrow? Think back on the happiest times in your life: no matter what you do, you can’t rid yourself of some negative element or sadness that either follows, or is entwined in that memory. For me the greatest vacations, days spent with family, or even the birth of my daughters bring the greatest joys that I can remember in my life; however, there is always an underlying sadness and heaviness that accompanies those memories, as they all have an ending.
God has given us this life and we are to enjoy each day and be grateful for everything He has given us; but, as His word declares in this proverb, there is always an element of sorrow in our lives upon this earth. I believe that sorrow and heaviness that dwells within our hearts is death. We are living out our lives in a fallen world where the curse of death couldn’t be more real. In fact, everyday brings the threat of death. Deep inside every human being is the realization that we are mortal and we are all living out an unknown, yet appointed existence in this world.
In contrast to this sorrow of the heart is the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. There is a time coming after our lives on this earth end, that promises to be full of joy and completely absent of sorrow or heaviness of any kind, as we are forever in the presence of our Lord.
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21: 1-4 (KJV)
So as believers in Jesus Christ, we still carry that burden of sorrow and heaviness as we walk this earth; but, we have hope and joy that comes from the promise of eternal life. The fleeting happiness and joys of this life that leave us still with sorrow and heaviness in our hearts will someday end, and eternal joy and happiness will be our reward.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2: 9 (KJV)
In summary, I’ll leave you with the words of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians in the promise of our eternal reward and charge to continue steadfast in the Lord:
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15: 51-58 (KJV)
God bless and keep you!