After ministering to brothers behind the Iron Curtain, a friend was approaching a meeting called for the purpose of intercession on behalf of the Christians under this persecution. He was weeping as he entered the meeting hall. The people were “swinging from the rafters”. They were praising God, and he was weeping!
There is a time for weeping, and there is a time for rejoicing. “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep”. Have you ever had one of Job’s friends come up to you and say, “Man, you need to be an overcomer!”, and you’re doing all you can to please God. You need understanding and sympathy, not a sermon! There are times in my life when I don’t know what’s going on, and Job didn’t – nor did his friends!
In John 16:33 Jesus said, “In me you shall have peace. In the world you shall have trouble, but take heart. I (Jesus) have OVERCOME the WORLD” (emphasis mine). The LION of JUDAH and the LAMB of GOD.
In Revelation, John said he wept because he saw no one who could open the scroll. But one of the elders around the throne said, “Look, the LION of Judah! he can open the scroll.” But then John saw a LAMB who looked like he had been slain. The Lamb took the scroll, and the angels sang a NEW SONG: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, BECAUSE YOU WERE SLAIN! With you blood, you purchased men for God, from every tribe and language and people and nation!” (Emphasis mine).
Young people, when things are not going well, or when there are trials and difficulties, that’s the time to be an OVERCOMER. That’s the time to say, “Thanks, Lord. By these circumstances. . . I can become weak so that YOU can become strong IN ME.” That’s real faith, the faith of an Isaac laid out on a bundle of firewood. “Father”, he cries out to Abraham, “Where is the sacrificial lamb for the burnt offering?” And the reply comes back, “Son, God will provide the LAMB”.
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 29, March 1983.