Sow in Tears; Reap with Songs of Joy

Manna

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).

Pain taken at the beginning always bring joy in the end. But those who idle away their time and opportunities will have sorrow in the end.

To see souls saved, we need to sow in hope. We need to weep for the salvation of men and women. The task is not easy. Nor can it be done in a jovial manner. The eternal destinies of countless millions of people depend on whether we are sowing in tears. The question is whether we really are burdened to the point of weeping for the salvation of souls.

Again, the picture of carrying the seed is used here. The ground where the seed has to be sown may not be near our home, but far away. Carrying implies that we should be ready to sacrificially go out to where the people are. Carrying demands an effort on our part in proclaiming the Word of God.

To those who weep for the salvation of souls and to those who are ready to take the effort needed, God proclaims great results. Songs of joy will accompany both the reaping and the carrying home of sheaves. The joy is due to the fact that the weeping is forgotten when the farmer sees the harvest. The joy is again due to the multiplication of the seed that was sown. It is like champion athletes after having done all the hard work with perseverance going out for the big event returning joyfully with a lot of medals. Their triumphs are transient; but ours eternal!

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