Meditating on Psalm 126.
Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him. (Ps. 126: 5-6)
One Biblical character that I can think of reading the passages of Psalm 126 is Joseph. In his youth, he was sold by his jealous brothers and brought to Egypt. On that fateful day when Jacob his father sent Joseph to check on his brothers pasturing the flock in another place, Joseph never thought he would never see his father again in a long, long time. His brothers conspired to sell him to the Ishmaelites who were going to Egypt. There, they would sell him as a slave. He begged, he cried, but they were just relieved and happy to see him go.
As Joseph was carted away, his whole being might have been gripped by fear and sorrow so overwhelming he might have wept and wept. How could he face life in Egypt alone and a stranger at that? How could he live without the father who loved him and his little brother Benjamin who looked up to him? His mother, Rachel, was gone. He and Benjamin had only each other. But now he was all alone.
But we know the ending of Joseph’s story. After being falsely accused and thrown into prison while in Egypt working for Potiphar, the Lord remembered him and He raised him up to be the governor of all Egypt. God gave him a wife and two children. He was no longer alone. He was no longer a slave; he was a leader. And in the end, he was reconciled to his beloved father and brothers. The Lord wiped away all tears from his eyes. Ah, the wondrous workings of a merciful and gracious God!
Are you waiting for God’s deliverance from a problem that’s breaking your heart, or from sickness and suffering, or from the place of sorrow, or whatever it is that makes you go forth weeping continually? Like Joseph, be courageous and steadfast in your faith. Continue believing and trusting in God who wants to do us good — in His perfect time.
And if not in this lifetime, God has promised a better, heavenly country, a city He has prepared for His redeemed (Heb. 11:16).
During the early years of my illness, I would rest in the thought that, whatever happened, I was Christ’s. As I waited for relief and comfort from the suffering, I imagined Him coming in the clouds, bright as the sun: He was coming for His Bride and I was one of those taken up, “caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall [I] ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17). With these thoughts, I was greatly comforted.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Rev. 21:4)
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