Dear Precious Friends,
WOW, A New Day... What do we do in times of uncertainty?
We turn to God's word, His absolute truth and seek Him first!
He reminds us:
Commit yourself to the Lord and continue to do good
– Psalm 56:8; Galatians 6:9; 1 Peter 4:19; Revelation 21:4
In times of trouble He reminds us:
Pray for God’s full restoration and blessing.
Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy.
Commit yourself to the Lord and continue to do good.
Psalm 126 is a beautiful Psalm that reminds us of all these truths:
“He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6)
This verse expands on the image of verse 5 and focuses on the sower going forth to work and eventually returning with the harvest in his hands. It reminds us that even in times of sorrow, there is work to be done, and that good work will bear good fruit in our lives.
1 Peter 4:19 teaches us: “Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” (1 Peter 4:19) And Galatians 6:9 gives us this word of encouragement: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Did you know that God keeps a record of all your tears? Psalm 56:8 says: “Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?” (Psalm 56:8) God keeps track of all your tears, and one day he will personally wipe the tears from your eyes. We read these beautiful words in Revelation 21:4: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Times of sorrow are hard. Sowing in tears is difficult. But nothing is wasted in God’s economy. You can trust God with your tears. As Charles Spurgeon once said: “God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”
What do you do when you are walking through a time of sorrow? Marvel at what God has done in the past. And then trust God to do it again. Pray for God’s full restoration and blessing. Know that God will turn your sorrow into joy. Commit yourself to the Lord and continue to do good.
As always we look to Jesus for the ultimate fulfillment of this psalm. Hebrews 12:2 tells us: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus … who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Jesus knows the trouble and sorrow we face in this life. He shed many tears of his own during his life on earth. Jesus went to the cross weeping, carrying seed to sow, and he returned from the dead with resurrection songs of joy, carrying sheaves of believers with him. As believers, we are part of his glorious harvest.
Psalm 126 is a psalm of trouble, but it’s a psalm of trouble with a twist. It’s a psalm that offers hope when we are in the midst of trouble and tears. It tells us that times of trouble and sorrow do not last. God will turn our sorrow to joy and our tears to laughter. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. And one day we will leave all the sorrows of this world behind for the eternal joys that await us in heaven.
There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. Perhaps you are in a time of sowing right now. Take comfort. Your time of reaping will come. The harvest awaits. This is God’s promise to you. God will turn your tears to joy.
Have a beautiful day knowing these truths and Trusting In Him!!!