A few days ago, I was in the doldrums. Things weren’t quite going my way and the “break” I’d been hoping for didn’t come through. And all of this happened in the middle of one of the most stressful days I’d had in a while. On the evening of the day that was my lowest point, I was walking back home from buying dinner and I was listening to Hillsong United’s latest album “Are We There Yet?” (a total blessing by the way). That night, as I listened to “Delightful (the sower never wastes a tear)” over and over again, my heart was encouraged afresh to trust God’s Word.
”He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”(Psalms 126:6, NKJV)
God had mercy on me that night. You see, it’s quite easy to get all emotional on God’s word, and miss the essence of His Word. As I sang that song over and over, and reminded myself that this difficult period was just a sowing season and that there was rejoicing ahead, I was in danger of missing the key point in Psalms 126:6.
In His ever gentle way, He subtly pulled my mind from the tumult of my emotions and highlighted the matter of a seed, and a sowing before there is a rejoicing and harvesting. It’s not enough to be emotional or cry to God about the difficult times we’re passing through. What are you required to sow in that period? What habit or disposition are you supposed to drop? What are you supposed to learn?
“Those who live only to satisfy (sow to) their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please (sow to) the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”(Galatians 6:8-9, NLT)
Sowing to the Spirit, or better still yielding always to the Spirit’s influence, can be quite difficult, even painful, to do. But the Bible assures us that if you keep at that kind of sowing, there’s a harvest and rejoicing waiting ahead.
In your difficult times; cry if it helps you; vent if it makes you feel better; but do not neglect to drop what you must, and yield all to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Remember that it’s not the tears of the sower that brings the harvest and rejoicing: it is the seed of the sower. The tears of the sower merely wet the ground; there must be a seed to water if Psalms 126:6 would come to life.