Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Psalms 126:5-6 (NLT)
Having hope doesn’t mean we don’t feel emotion. It doesn’t mean things are going to follow our timetable. Life is hard. Bad things happen, but God is still on His throne. I can’t imagine how it must have been to be a Jew when Jerusalem fell to its enemies. To be taken captive and become a slave in a foreign land would be overwhelming. Generations would come and go and yet no answer from God. Finally, the city was rebuilt and the Jews began to return to their city once again. The Psalmist wrote, “When the LORD brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.” Their hope that was planted with tears, returned in a glorious harvest of joy. I know it can seem hard to believe when everything around us seems to be in ruins, that we would ever have joy again. But the mystery is this. As we plant seeds of hope, of faith, of perseverance, even if our circumstances don’t change, we do. God promises we will produce a harvest of joy.
Dear Father, thank You for all the seeds of hope You have helped me plant. I know there will a harvest with shouts of joy. In Jesus’ name.
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