Ps. 126:5-6: “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bring his sheaves with him.”
While we are waiting for Christ’s return, we are living in a fallen, sin-cursed world where there is indeed pain and suffering. Here we still experience sorrow, death, and tears. So, in the midst of our trials, how does our trust in God come forth?
We know God’s universal law of reaping and sowing: whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Gal. 6:7. This Psalm tells us something even more. When we sow in tears we will reap in joy.
If, in the midst of our sorrow and weeping, we continue to sow the seeds of righteousness, we will reap a harvest of joy. Gal. 6:9 promises that, “in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Trials are common to us all. Suffering is a sad result of sin that affects each of us. Christians, in particular, suffer further persecution at times that can cause even more heart-ache. The promise we have; however, is that even in the midst of the trials, the tears, and the weeping, our faithful sowing will reap joy and we will have a harvest to show for it.
In faith, we can continue to sow seeds around us, even through our tears. Actually, doesn’t it seem sometimes that the best seeds are planted when tears are present? Our experiences give our testimony of faith more weight.
Our trials and painful experiences are like fertilizer that gives the seed the extra nutrients it needs to grow strong. If we can still plant seed and walk in faith even during trials, it gives others the proof they need that God is faithful and mighty; and this can help them to grow strong in the Lord and in their own faith.
I encourage you today, while you are waiting, to continue trusting in God’s faithfulness and to continue sowing seeds. Water the seeds with your tears, if need be, but continue to sow. You will reap joy and come back rejoicing, harvest in hand!
Keep trusting. He is coming again!