“Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”Psalm 126:5-6
I don’t know about you, but this year has left me weeping many a time. I weep for the church, for my circumstance, for the plague of evil in our government, and for the helpless. This has not been an easy year for any of us. Although I don’t think this is the end, I believe that what we’ve sowed this year in tears we will reap in shouts of joy.
For those who have gone through difficulty, lack, and loss, there will be renewing and joy. The pain we have felt and shared this year will not compare to the joy that is to come. (Romans 8:18) We can find hope in that (and cling to it for dear life).
“Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”Romans 5:5
Christians have it harder than others in my opinion. We have to be tough. Jesus told us we would have sufferings. He said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome. the world.” (John 16:33) James told us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials,” (James 1:2) We are called to persevere, no matter what. But sometimes sorrow does last through the night. Sometimes it lasts an entire year. Other times it lasts hundreds of years.
Before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, there was a prophetic silence of 400 years. For a long time and over hundreds of years, prophecies were spoken which pointed the Israelites to a coming Savior who would deliver all men. But after Malachi’s message prophesying of the return of Elijah, there was nothing for 400 years. What anguish of soul to wait a lifetime and not see that salvation of the Lord. Generation after generation was told of the coming King, but no such deliverer had risen, and no one was prophesying of Him any longer. I wonder how many lost hope.
Have you lost hope? Is your joy and expectation waning? Has your sorrow lasted the night?
I want to tell you that the tears you have shed this year and beyond do not go unnoticed. Your pain, your grief, and your heart-wrenching sadness has not gone unheard. But, don’t let your tears just fall to dry ground. Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”
Break up your fallow ground means to make your heart ready. Rip out the thorns and weeds of bitterness and anger, and till the soil of your heart to be ready to receive the seeds of your heartbreak in obedient and patient waiting for the Lord.
If you can turn your grief into a seed of prayer, your tears will water the spiritual ground, mixed with the righteous rain of the Father in Christ, to produce good fruit and a bountiful harvest when the time has come.
“Joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
“As the ground is by the rain prepared for the seed, and the husbandman sometimes chooses to sow in the wet, so we must improve times of affliction, as disposing us to repentance, and prayer, and humiliation.”Matthew Henry Commentary, Psalm 126:5-6
The Israelites waited years upon years, keeping tradition and using their tears and cryings out for deliverance to sow in faith. They received their joy, though sorrow did last for the night. Their Messiah, our Messiah, came. He brought freedom, deliverance, and turned mourning into dancing for those who believed.
Keep waiting for your joy. Sow into it with the tears and prayers of your heart. Put your tears and sadness into God’s hands. He will care for them well and will not leave you disappointed. Let patience have her perfect work, let faith work itself into your heart, and let the hope of God in Christ lead you in every moment. Joy will come. Expect it.
And while you’re waiting for the joy to come from the sowing of this time, find joy in the Messiah who came for you, to bring you peace.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”Colossians 3:15
Be blessed and Merry Christmas! <><