“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” -Psalm 126:5-6 (NIV)
Sometimes, pursuing what is right and just is painful. Perhaps we have been confounded by the corruption and injustice in the world when we have tried the further the call of righteousness and truth. Or maybe, despite all our prayers and efforts, we spend much time in tears as we try to bring a friend or relative out of their destructive behaviours with little to no sign of success. While we as Christians are called to be lights in a dark world, we must confess it can be an awfully painful calling. It is no wonder that the Bible says that those who love much also suffer much.
Consider Christ for a moment. While He was conducting His ministry here on Earth, He had much to weep about. He loved His creation, loved His people. So much so that He personally came down to Earth so that He might save the world from its self-inflicted degeneration and tell us that there is hope for redemption if only we believe and place our trust in Him. Yet people refused to believe Him. It is no wonder then that Jesus, despite His loving efforts to reconcile all to Him, wept over Jerusalem when He encountered the stubbornness and hardness of heart in that city towards His message. While He heard the mocking voices of the crowds as He endured the agony of the cross, it would have pained Him to know that the people in the crowds were not aware that He was dying for them and their salvation from their sins; hence His cry “Father forgive them! For they do not know what they doing!” But he who sows in tears, reaps with songs of joy, and imagine the joy of the face of Christ when someone truly desires to be reconciled to Him by accepting His redemptive sacrifice. The tears and the pain would have been worth it! Likewise, when we grieve that the cause of redemption, purity, and truth, is not being fulfilled, we should persevere through the tears and continue to be faithful to God; asking Him for the strength and wisdom to carry on. With the strength and peace that only God can give, we can then look forward to the hope of singing songs of joy when all will be restored.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.