He who goes forth and weeps, scattering the seed, will doubtless come back with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves. Psalm 126:6
A harvest never comes overnight. A farmer plants seed in early spring but doesn’t expect to see anything come up in a week. He knows that seeds require early and late rains before they bring a yield.
The harvest portrayed in this verse comes to the person who walks, weeps, and then walks and weeps some more. “Goes forth” means a continual and repetitive motion. But the mourning isn’t hopeless. While doing so, there is also an intentional perseverance to plant heaven’s seeds ~ the Word of God.
Perhaps this has characterized a period in your life. You have faithfully sown the seeds of scripture. You have salted the pages of your Bible with tears. You have asked God for the faith to stand another day in the promises that transcend this season of life. But times of weariness and disillusion have set in and the seeds have fallen to the ground as you opened your fingers to let them spill out. You quit walking the boundary lines of your garden. You put your arms down and have let your hands stay limp. Expectations have been nullified by time and one disappointment after another.
So many saints know these periods. Weeping is not a sin, it is encouraged, and in fact, even a command. But for any who have given up, dried their tears, and stopped praying….our Father reminds us today to regroup. Gather the seeds again. Regard them as precious. Speak them. Pray them. Stand in them. Be assured that God’s Word always bears fruit. He says so. When His Word is spoken, the environment changes. Anywhere His Word is sewn, kingdoms are shaken up. I may not feel the tremors nor see the stirrings of coming harvests but the unseen world knows it’s coming. Angels rejoice and demons tremble. Battles are being waged and God’s army is on the move.
Does this guarantee that things will turn out as I wish every single time? Not necessarily. People we love still have free will. Sickness and death come to all of us because of the fall. Man’s sin continues to infect our environment. But sowing the Word of God ensures that God’s plan comes to my world. Fertile soil is tilled up from hardened grounds of unbelief. Sowing scripture sets the stage for a righteous outcome within a fallen world. Many will believe who have denied. Many will be healed who have been terminal. Many will walk through an open door that was once closed tightly. And most of all, in the process of sowing ~ our own hearts draw close to Jesus and are changed. As we wrestle with faith, an intercessor begins to think, and feel, like the One they worship. Even while weeping.
Futility is not in my vocabulary. I get up and engage with faith again. Amen