“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Psalm 126:5-6

Never forget “Weeping may endure for a night—but joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5b).

Seeds sown today do not bear fruit tomorrow.  They must first be buried in the soil.  And, for a time (depending upon the conditions of climate and soil) they may lie dormant and seemingly void of any life.

Repeatedly digging them up to examine if the seed’s shell is cracking is futile and will possibly injure the seed.  Much better is leaving it alone and waiting in hope.  And, most likely, the shell will crack and new life in the form of feeler roots and tendrils will appear.

So often, those loved ones or friends for whom we pray so diligently seem oblivious to our pleas.  We try to reason with them, but they will not listen.  They laugh at us. . .or deride and mock us. . .or worse, ignore and avoid us.

But, still we plead.

We repeatedly knock on Heaven’s Door, begging the Lord to save them or bring them to their senses.

Yet, nothing happens.

Their ears still seem unhearing and their hearts unheeding.

Like some happy pagan, they continue on their way “eating, drinking and being merry”—oblivious to the coming Judgment and that which awaits them.

That’s why we must allow God “to bring the increase” (I Cor. 3:7), never forgetting “to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Eccl. 3:1).  Just as germinating seeds find it quite difficult to push their way through the dry, hardened, stubborn soil, but given a little rain, tiny seedlings may appear overnight.  And, never forget those twigs of grass that often push their way through the hardest concrete walls and sidewalks.  Truly, they are living sermons that attest to the power of God, with Whom “nothing is impossible” (Gen. 18:14; Lk. 1:37).  Hallelujah!!

No doubt those Israelites who languished for 70 years in Babylonian captivity wondered if they’d ever see their homeland again.  But, the day finally came “when the Lord reversed again their captivity, causing them to be like one who dreams—and once again filling their mouths with laughter and their tongues with singing” (Ps. 126:1-2).

Therefore, do not lose hope, weary one, if your prayers seem unanswered.  Keep “sowing in tears,” interceding by name for those whom the Lord has placed on your heart.  Keep pointing them to Christ and His willingness to save, forgive, pardon and cleanse.  And one of these days you shall “reap in joy as you come again with rejoicing, bringing fruits of the Harvest with you.”  Won’t that be a wonderful day?  Glory!!

By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated August 4, 2009

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