“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NLT). Do you need this promise? Have you wept a river? Have you forsaken hope? Do you wonder if a morning will ever bring this night to an end?
Mary Magdalene did. Before she knew Jesus, she had seven demons. She was a prisoner of seven afflictions. What might this list include? Depression? Loneliness? Shame? Fear? Maybe she was a recluse, maybe she was a prostitute. Maybe she’d been abused or abandoned.
The number seven is sometimes used in the Bible to describe completeness. It could be that Mary Magdalene was completely consumed with troubles. But Jesus spoke and the demons fled. Banished. Evicted. Mary Magdalene could sleep well, eat enough, and smile again. And Jesus restored life to her life.