Ray of Hope on a Troubled Sea
Refrain Thy Voice From Weeping And Thine Eyes From
Tears THE LORD through the Prophet Jeremiah sends a message of
consolation for the heart of every bereaved parent trusting in
him. We read, "A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and
bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be
comforted for her children because they were not. Thus, saith
the Lord: Refrain thy voice from weeping and thine eyes from tears,
for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall
come again from the land of the enemy."-Jeremiah 31:15-17.
for the dead is felt by every human heart. Even our Lord Jesus
when on earth “wept” when Lazarus was dead because
even though he would soon awaken him from the sleep of death he
felt deeply the sorrow of Mary, Martha, as well as all the family
and friends pained by this loss. "The whole creation groaneth
and travaileth in pain together."
and many scriptures speak of the comfort described-in the hope
of a resurrection, the hope of the recovery of the dead-"They
shall come again," from the land of the enemy, death, and
they shall be restored to life.
in death our dear ones who are now in "the land of the enemy",
is in harmony with the Apostle's declaration, "The last enemy
that shall be destroyed is death."-1 Corinthians 15:25, 26.
text in Jeremiah tells us that the labors of the parents are not
lost, "Thy work shall be rewarded." They will receive
them back again from the grave. They shall hear the Lord’s
voice and come forth, just as did Lazarus. John 5:28, 29 and John
is important to note the declaration that this is the Word of
the Lord, which cannot be broken-the Word, which is sure of fulfilment.
Though many have lost sight of this wonderful hope!
what the scriptures say:
Corinthians 15:21-22; For since by man came death, by man came
also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even
so in Christ shall all be made alive.
11:23-25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
21:4 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.
your eyes for a moment to the scenes of misery and woe, degradation
and sorrow that yet prevail on account of sin, and picture before
your mental vision the glory of the perfect earth. Not a stain
of sin mars the harmony and peace of a perfect society; not a
bitter thought, not an unkind look or word; love, welling up from
every heart, meets a kindred response in every other heart, and
benevolence marks every act. There sickness shall be no more;
not an ache nor a pain, nor any evidence of decay – not
even the fear of such things. Think of all the pictures of comparative
health and beauty of human form and feature that you have ever
seen, and know that perfect humanity will be of still surpassing
loveliness. The inward purity and mental and moral perfection
will stamp and glorify every radiant countenance. Such will earth's
society be; and weeping bereaved ones will have their tears all
wiped away, when thus they realize the resurrection work complete.