Nobody wants to be in mourning. Nobody wants to feel the aching or loss, or the sorrow of regret. Can God turn our mourning into dancing? Does that mean He raises our loved ones from the dead, or gives us reason to rejoice even while we’re missing them? We like to think that God wants to turn all our mourning into dancing. But, I’ll be honest, that doesn’t always happen. It isn’t that God doesn’t always want the best for us – He is always a good God. My research turned up a lot more verses where our joys turn into sorrows, because we have not been true to our God. So, when do our sorrows become gladness?
Let’s examine the context for these verses from the Bible, so we can understand them better.
Psalm 30:11-12 11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
Revelation 21:2 & 4 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. … 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:7-8 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.