16 This is what the LORD says:
"Restrain your voice from weeping
and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded," (Jeremiah 31)
We should not grow weary in doing good. Though the labor may appear futile and somewhat in vain, what we reap will be abundantly good if we have sown what is good. If we have poured out of our souls everything pure and holy...everything that is from God, then the rewards will be evident in the end. We just have to be patient.
While we wait, it's only natural for us to sometimes fall under the impression that things won't ever change. To us, a day, a week, a month, a year, a decade seems like a long time. However, when it's all said and done, time passes very quickly. We will one day look back and realize all was not in vain.
So, as we travel this journey, though it be narrow and trying, we need to hold back ours tears and try to resist the temptation to cry. God will reward us, and with that hope, we should live in joy and peace...right now.