Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. (Psalm 126:5)
I don’t know where this message finds you today. You may be riding the crest of a wave, feeling like you are on top of the world. Or perhaps you are feeling like you are being crushed under the weight of waves of challenge. But the psalmist is telling us that, regardless of our circumstances, we are to look past our challenges and struggles, knowing that the tears we shed today will be like seeds that will grow into a great harvest of joy and thanksgiving tomorrow.
I say it from the pulpit frequently: There are only three stations in life; you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or heading back into a storm. So if you are riding the crest of the wave today, enjoying the blue skies and bright sunshine, get ready for the waves of challenge looming on tomorrow’s horizon. Jesus made it clear that His disciples will encounter trials and tribulations on this side of the grave. The curse of sin and cosmic brokenness in this world always finds its way to our door. And when it knocks, even if we don’t open the door ourselves, trouble will come crashing in, especially when we least expect it.
I wrote today’s message to exhort you to rise above the waves of challenge and see life from God’s perspective. Whatever you are going through, you will go through it. God has promised to get you to the other side. If Jesus does not take you out of your storm, He will take you through it, and He has promised to be with you every step of the way. Keeping this truth in view will strengthen our faith and grow us up into Christ.
Remember, weeping may indeed endure for a night, but you can be certain that joy will find you in the morning. You have His Word on that!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!