Quite a Promise
Most people believe they put in the work. Some don’t. Some are
overachievers. Some are not. Some reap what they sow. Some reap more
than they sow. Some reap less than they sow. It all depends.
Into this inexact science enters today’s scripture. Here, God says
that when we ‘sow in tears’ we will ‘reap with joy’. To sow in tears
is to labor hard through hurt, to push through pain and personal
disappointment, and bring oneself to a place of weeping over deep and
hopefully righteous longings that remain unfulfilled in us and in our
What’s concerning is that we often don’t allow ourselves to get to
that point. We simply complain about our circumstance (for just a bit)
😉 and then grind on, dry-eyed, hoping for hope’s sake for something
more or different…someday. The sowing limps on. The reaping feels
like a crapshoot.
God’s Word invites us to a greater certainty. When we get beyond being
numb, when we become passionate, when we let our hearts break, even to
tears, over things that are truly heartbreaking, something happens.
God sees and remembers those moments. He fertilizes and germinates
them. Our tears wet the soil that joy grows in. They work together
more than we think. God wonderfully sees to it.
So be brought to tears. Feel deeply about a few good things. Entertain
some new, strong convictions. Work hard at it. Let tears fall. Mourn.
It’ll do you good. Before too long you may be singing songs of joy,
loud and proud. It’s a law and quite a promise.
* Been holding back too much? Where do your tears need to touch down?
* .Where do hear songs of joy, deliverance, reward coming?
* Believing God for sweet connections between sowing and reaping, tears and joy?
LORD, thank you for strong evidence of sowing and reaping. Keep
sending more. Free me to weep for what I should and lead me to shout
songs of joy and deliverance too. You promise well. You’re the best!
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:6
Live with passion.
Fulfill your purpose.
Get to work. 😉