April 28, 2020
-Pastor JP Moreaux
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. – Psalm 126:5-6
AND…. such a powerful conjunction. Even in this psalm, that small three letter word doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s the heartbeat of this passage; the glue that keeps it together. You see “tears AND sowing.” You see “weeping AND a going forth.” The one doesn’t happen in the absence of the other, but rather they continue alongside one another. As you very well know, our days are full of trouble; Full of tears, both physically or metaphorically; Full of weeping. Sorrow and grief seem to follow us and relentlessly pursue our minds, our passions, and our sheer wills. This life doesn’t always present a replacement for the tears. Instead, though they are there and ever present, we continue to have tears AND sow. The crops won’t wait for our grief to finish or for our problems to be removed. If we are going to eat next winter, we must get out in the field and sow the seed, whether we are crying or not. If you do that, the promise of Psalm 126 and God’s Word is that we “SHALL reap with shouts of joy.” Not because there aren’t any tears nor because the sowing itself causes the tears, but in spite of any and all tears we “go forth” with them AND sow anyway. We need to remember this even when the weights of this world tempt us to give up sowing. The tears are present, yes. But for us, they are not permanent! Hardships are here, yes. But they are not here to stay! Just keep sowing, tears and all, and God promises a great harvest! SHEAVES OF GLORY! Let the cries have their day; stare your adversities in the face for its season…. AND keep sowing! The harvest is coming soon! Your tears will be turned to joy! That’s a promise!