Psalms 126:5-6 says,
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
I was reading this the other day and began to think about what it meant. Sorrow comes. We all have trials we go through, but in this passage of scripture, I find it’s encouraging us to not give up on doing good, even though we may be suffering while we serve.
Think about it. If you just take a time out to have a pity party (which sometimes happens, I know), then you’re not planting, which then means that you will have a season where the ground is empty. How can you reap what you’ve not planted?
Therefore, take courage. Don’t deny your difficulty, but continue to serve God through your difficulty. Continue to plant, do the good you know to do, put seeds into the ground, and soon enough you’ll have a harvest despite your difficult circumstances.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
It may seem easier to give up and sink in the despair of your situation. But you are not alone. There is no depth to which you can sink that God is not already there with you. He is always working on your behalf. Even in the bottom of the pit, when we can’t see any evidence that God even knows where we are, He is working. The time will come for you to be lifted up soon enough.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
Can’t you see it? God is already working behind the scenes! He has not forgotten you! So don’t give up on your duties. Don’t give up on what you know to do. Don’t give up on your calling. Keep planting seeds so you can reap in due time, and not have a gap in your harvest because you took time to wallow in self pity and doubt. Keep pushing forward in the direction you know to go, and God will make your path plain. He directs your steps (Psalm 37:23), and He did not make a mistake when He made you – so go forth in your purpose and plant those seeds! Start right now and don’t delay!