Today's devotion for today is based on Psalm 126:5, "Those who sow in tears [will] reap with songs of joy."
When have you 'sown in tears'? Maybe it's happening right now. It may be that the work is hard and exhausting, or you are experiencing negativity or challenges from people at work. Or you can't see if any good will come from your efforts. Perhaps you are losing heart in a dry spiritual desert.
Wherever you are, whatever the sorrow you are experiencing in your calling, remember that your God is a restorer of fortunes. And may you be filled with the joy of hope, sure hope, that in his kingdom, those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy!
Our Lord Jesus sowed in tears. He saw the bitter road ahead, the hard, exhausting work. He saw the cruel opposition of people around him, even perhaps wondering in his humanity if he was truly hearing the plans of God rightly. 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'
But I wonder if he laughed aloud that early morning when he stood in the dawn garden, freed from grave clothes, full of life, a victor over death itself. Joy must have filled his heart as he knew his redemption work was finished!
Please pray with me: Lord Jesus, you know the tears of frustration and sadness that overwhelm us in our walk. Come to us in these times and speak your words of life and hope to us again. Remind us of the armfuls of harvest we will hold one day in the future. Fill us with your joy, God of all goodness! In your blessed name, I pray. Amen.