A PROMISED HARVEST?
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 just a week. He knows that the seeds require early and late rains before they will bring a yield.
The picture portrayed in this verse from Psalms is of a person who walks, weeps, and then walks and weeps some more. It is a continual and repetitive motion. But while doing so, there is also an intentional perseverance to plant heaven’s seeds. What are the 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 set in and the seeds fell 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 let your hands go limp. Expectations were nullified by time and disappointment.
So many saints know these periods. Weeping is not a sin. It is encouraged, and in fact, even a command. But for any who has given up, dried their tears, and stopped praying….our Father reminds us today to regroup. Gather the seeds again. Count 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 every time as I wish? Not necessarily. People we love still have free will. Sickness and death surround us. Man's sin infects our environment. But sowing the Word of God ensures that fertile soil is tilled up. 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. The Word changes us as we pray and as we wrestle with faith. In 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
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