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.
Sowing is planting seeds. The farmer who sows in tears takes the seed from his own table and plants it in his field. To have more seed he must plant his last seeds, but if he plants his seed he will not have seed to eat. His planting is a sacrifice, and so he cries. His planting is obedience to the laws of harvest, God's laws, so he plants. His planting is an exercise in faith. He trusts God to do what God promises to do. He trusts God to return joy for tears, and sheaves and sheaves of corn for a small handful of seeds.
Have you ever chosen to obey God knowing it would bring you tears? Have you ever given up happiness now to have joy later? Have you ever trusted God to work all thing together for good?
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Don't be afraid to sow in tears. Trust God. Accept your tears now, and wait to see what God will give you later. Don't be afraid to obey God.
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Has not man a hard service on earth,
and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
My reading today is on Job. Job is sowing in tears, and that is why I thought of the farmer who sows in tears. In the end, God turned Job's tears into a great harvest of joy.
For me to live is Christ.