“I am my beloved’s And his desire is toward me” [Song of Solomon 7:10]
Keeping the main thing the main thing means accepting ourselves as we are, and we are often more concerned with creating a self-improvement program for others than accepting our own weakness. Our weakness has only one cure or place of added strength and that is repentance that brings an awareness of God’s love and acceptance.
Tears must first precipitate the Joy that comes in the morning. “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” [Psalm 30:5b] Tears of sadness, tears of repentance, tears of grief and loss; all are diminished in the knowledge of His great desire toward His child.
“We are here for one purpose: “to fill up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ” – spoilt for this age, alive to nothing but Jesus Christ’s point of view.” [Oswald Chambers]
Only His special grace can heal the pain that comes from identifying with the Cross and allowing His Life to flow unhindered. Here the place of revival is the place of resurrection as the self-life dies and He ever lives to make intercession. Said so well by a sister in Christ… “joy never comes without intense, excruciating bone-chilling agony.”
But morning does come and there is no joy like the joy of His Glorious Presence – nothing else is needful and nothing else is desired.
Further Reading: Solomon 7 – Psalm 2 – Proverbs 2