Israel experienced some difficult times. They were a small nation at the crossroads of the known world. Many larger nations conquered them in their quest to take over the world. Several times Israel had to rebuild afterward. God encouraged them by turning those tears to shouts of Joy.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
Tears from Trials
The toughest trials often bring the most significant results. The tears that we shed while we are enduring the uncertain times provide the perfect nutrients for a fruitful harvest. We don’t see it when those seeds are being planted but when we gather the harvest we remember.
This verse gives us some great insights into surviving the tests of life. First, we need to understand that all trials pass. The difficulties may seem, but they only last for a short time. One day you will wake up, and the sun is shining, and the storm clouds have passed. Don’t lose hope in the midst of the trial.
Next, we learn that it is essential to keep going. No one reaps a harvest unless they plant. You may water those seeds with the tears of your sorrow but what’s important is that you are actually planting something. Don’t give up and sit on the sidelines when things get hard. Keep going and do the work that God has given you. It may be difficult tilling the soil, but that will give way to healthy crops ready to provide a bountiful harvest.
An Opportunity to Grow
Finally, we need to trust God with the process of growth. 1 Corinthians tells us that some plant while others water, but God gives the increase. Each trial is an opportunity to grow in areas God wants us to. Don’t try to circumvent the growth process. Be patient and let God bring about the harvest because when the time is right your tears will be turned into shouts of joy.