Most cultures have traditional dances. A festival isn’t complete without dancing. Dancing is common in the family of God also. Both in heaven and on Earth, people break into joyful dance in praise to God for His greatness and goodness.

As you walk through life, it is normal to experience the full range of feelings. There are painful times and celebrations. Know this. You can walk by faith through the high points of your life, the low points and every place in between. Look at Psalm 139. It says if things are going so well that I feel I’m in heaven, You, God, are there with me. And if life seems terrible and I feel so low that it is like hell, You are with me through that as well.

While it is encouraging to know that we can walk with God through all of life’s ups and downs, it is doubly encouraging to know where the journey of faith will eventually take you. Hear what God says in Jeremiah 31:13 about the ultimate destination,

     “I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.”

That is the direction He is leading you. Steps of faith may take you through difficult stretches at times, but the ultimate destination is overflowing celebration.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 is popular passage that describes the full range of experiences that you can expect as you walk by faith. You will have,

     “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

It can be especially helpful, when you are going through the hard times, to remember that there’s joy and dancing ahead.

The most famous king in the Bible, King David, often danced before the Lord. (1 Chronicles 15:29 and 2 Samuel 6:14). You will too. Perhaps today, but if not, you can be sure that spontaneous celebrating is in your future, because God’s love will give you plenty of reason to dance.

As you walk by faith today, give thanks to God for His being with you through the hard times and leading you into joy. When you pray to thank Him, you might use the words from Psalm 30:11 (ESV),

     “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”

© 2014 Eric Thurman