• William T. Howe Ph.D.

July 9, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 126-132

Psalm 126:5

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

In context, this psalm is celebrating the release of Zion from bondage. It is like the people of that city were living a dream. Free once again to live life as they would choose. They were filled with laughter, singing, and praise of the Lord. Even in the midst of the heathen they celebrated the great things the Lord performed for them. They were glad. This was written in celebration of the return of certain Jews to Jerusalem at the end of the Babylonian captivity.

Today, all that are in Christ have experienced a similar turning. They have been turned from the power of sin to the freedom in Christ. Turned from the penalty of sin to the pardon of Christ. One day therefore, they will be turned from the very presence of sin to the place of perfection: Heaven. As such those children of God, through the Gospel of Christ, have similar reasons to rejoice.

But then there are tears today, are there not? Tears over heartaches, hardships, hazards, harassments, and even heresy. All too often people of God suffer setbacks, sadness, savagery, sedition, and scoundrels. Tears follow misunderstandings, mudslinging, misinterpretations, and maliciousness of all types.

Paul sowed in tears, yes, he did; Peter did, Joseph did, David did, Daniel did, Moses did, Esther did, on and on we could go with those in Scripture that sowed in tears, but yet that reaped in joy. Someone may ask, “What about people like Stephen, he was stoned to death by the mob, he never reaped in joy?” First of all, we don’t know about his entire life, he may have lived a life of joy in abundance prior to his martyrdom, having sown good seeds before ever being elected to the office of deacon. Second of all, Stephen’s life did not end on that fateful day of his physical death. In fact, it could be argued that his life truly began on that day, his eternal, everlasting, and endless life.

You see, Stephen may have sown many seeds in tears, but today nearly two thousand years later, he is still reaping the results of those good seeds in joy. For all who are in Christ, this is our story. Sow today, in tears if need be. Reap tomorrow in joy, even, and especially in and throughout our time Heaven which is forever!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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