Psalm 30:5 For his anger endures but for a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

A lot of people read this scripture and conclude joy comes after weeping. That’s not what the scripture says. The scripture says weeping may endure for a night. That means it’s a choice to weep during difficult times. To be honest, there are difficult times that rock us to the core. During those difficult times, we may weep and it’s okay. But, weeping is not a requirement for joy.

God promises us joy without weeping. God promises us everlasting joy (Isaiah 35:10). This means during difficult times, we can decide to maintain our joy. In spite of all we may be going through, we still can have joy.

Our joy is maintained because our trust and hope is in God (Romans 15:13). We understand that this difficult time is temporary and God is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). He delivered us from tough times before and He will do it again. We believe all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). Finally, we can use our God-given authority to command joy to remain in our lives (Mark 11:23).

Understanding all these promises, we can magnify God’s Word above the difficult times and make the decision to maintain our joy. Whether times are good or not preferable, choose to have joy.