KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalm 126:4-6 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. 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.
I know people whose bodies are so full of tears that the sound of a song or mention of a word or the opening of a tiny seed of a particular thought causes those tears to burst forth as if an accidental nudge of a lever opened flood gates.
Things are buried underground. Accumulation sits deep in their soul, and although there is mostly peace, there is only sorrow at these times.
The Lord is familiar with every tear that falls and every heart that flows when the dam breaks. We have a knowing Saviour.
All believers suffer. Although we are of Christ's shepherdship and sheepfold, we are not immune to the indiscriminate calamities of life.
We must keep sowing our seeds of faith and salvation in those times. Our key scripture gives a God-promise that those who sow in tears will reap in joy. We all know it's hard to sow in tears—to speak or work in someone else's life when we are emotionally challenged ourselves. Yet, the Lord says it's not only possible, but there is a reward of joy.
Those things that affect us at that time may not be solvable. But the Lord still calls us to forge through as well as we can. The promise is that we shall doubtless come rejoicing with our reapings. Praise God for His promises to the hurting—blessed are those who mourn, as they shall indeed be comforted.
We all must remember the valley of tears will soon have a hilltop and a blessed one. Just hang in there.
PRAYER My wonderful Lord, thank you for being so accustomed to pain yet still working away while having room for us and our pain. You show us the way to follow your steps.
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