sowing tears reap joy

Psalm 126:4-6

An inspirational word with a twist at the end, but try not to read ahead. Psalm 126: 4-6 says:
Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert.Those who sow in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.
They weep as they go to sow their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.

Notice that the psalmist here is stating 3 sentiments of truth:

  1. He knows God hears our prayers and is a restorer and redeemer of people.
  2. He is recognizing that the sowing season is difficult, nobody is having fun doing it but they don’t stop. They do the hard work anyway.
  3. As if it’s a certainty, he states his faith that God will answer this prayer and make all the hard work worthwhile in the end with a bountiful harvest.

WHEN AM I GOING TO GET A GOOD BREAK?

It’s hard to keep up a good attitude when we see others seemingly getting easy breaks, promotions, or otherwise making lots of money and enjoying their lives while we go about our work with difficulties and various struggles.  It’s hard to stay positive and hopeful when we don’t see the fruits of our labor and don’t get recognized for the effort, but that is not the point of the Psalm here.  He’s pointing out that when we trust in God and work hard, God will bless us with, so it is okay to be unhappy about the work at hand so long as we keep working diligently through the difficulty and disappointments. The payoff at harvest time is worth it and will naturally turn our tears of sorrow to songs of joy!

Perhaps you are in a sowing season right now.  Maybe your main harvest hasn’t come in just yet.  That’s okay because it is coming, but the sowing season is now.  Get comfortable with the fact that sometimes others are experiencing their harvest season while you are in a sowing season.  Don’t be envious or jealous.  Be very glad for them and rest assured in the Lord that your harvest season is also coming soon.  It is a promise from God to those who seek righteousness, and that should bring a smile to your face.

THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE

Now, how about the tears while working part of the Psalm?  If God promises to bless those that work hard even with an attitude of sorrow, just how much more will he bless those that do the same work with a good attitude?  Another Psalm comes to mind that says, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it so long as everything is going our way.”  Wait, I think I got that last part wrong.  It simply ends at “and be glad in it.”

The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11 that he has learned to be content in all circumstances and then he follows that up just two verses later with the ever encouraging, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In Ephesians 6:7, Paul tells us to go about our work as though we are working for the Lord. Paul also writes in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

There are more than a few related themes here in the scriptures. In a nutshell, they are:

  1. Be a good witness for Christ, and trust in Him for the renewing of your strength.
  2. Don’t get distracted by what others are doing. Focus on your job and have integrity in it.
  3. Keep Jesus first place in your life and your faith will increase.
  4. Emulate Jesus and see the big picture. The best harvest comes after a difficult sowing.

TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF

To those that complain everyday about their job, boss, co-workers, commute, finances, etc., I say it’s time to turn over a new leaf and show God (and people) in whom you trust!  Trust in God to be Jehovah Jireh, the Lord your provider.  Maintain a fresh positive attitude, knowing things are going to get better.  Confess that faith out loud any time you have the chance.  Sitting in traffic, tell God thanks that you have a car.  When the boss gives you a hard time, tell God thanks that you have a job because a lot of people don’t.  Expect God’s favor and your due season of a bountiful harvest is going to come in sooner than you think.

 OH, I DIDN’T SEE THAT SEED COMING

God wants us to exhibit positive, faith-filled attitudes because He is faithful to us and he knows that others are watching us. Christ is seated at the right hand of God in Heaven. We are not.  We are here and we are his representatives to a world of lost souls that need Jesus.  Let’s “represent” as some say, and make others want what we’ve got.  What they observe in us, especially when we are sowing in the difficult times, may be the seed planted in them that leads them into seeking a relationship with Jesus and eternal life.  That is advancing the Kingdom of God and that’s really the most important seed you’d be sowing in this life anyway.

Brian Rossi

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