The scripture for today is Psalm 126:6
“He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”
We all go through tough times, and sometimes when you are in the thick of sorrow, it feels like it will never end! When you wake up each morning to tears and go to bed in the evening with tears, it is difficult to see your way forward. You begin to lose hope. You begin to wonder, “Is this all that God has for me? Will I ever be happy again?”
For those of us struggling, Psalm 126 brings a powerful message of hope. It assures us that the trouble and sorrows do not last and that God will turn you sorrow to joy and tears to laughter. It even gives us some guidance of what to do while we wait. First, we are encouraged to remember how God has helped us in the past. Second, we are called to trust that God will do it again!
In my darkest days, it can be hard to drag myself out of bed. I can’t even imagine getting dressed, much less going to the gym and getting a workout in. However, if I can force myself to go, I ALWAYS feel better after I do. This Psalm encourages us to go on, even if in tears, and trust that the joy will come. Jesus knows the trouble and sorrow we face in this life. He went to the cross weeping, carrying seed to sow, and he returned from the dead with resurrection songs of joy! I believe God will turn my sorrow to joy and my tears to laughter.
There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. If you are in a time of sorrow right now, take comfort. Your time of reaping will come. The harvest awaits. This is Gods promise to you!
Lord, thank you for all the blessings you have given to me throughout my life. Lift me up during the dark days and help me to see the hope of what lies ahead. Amen
Karen DeMauro Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ps…The Footprints story has always been a favorite of mine and one I turn to in these days of doubt. It reminds me that I am never truly alone. I would encourage anyone to keep it close in these times of sorrow.
Prayer Concern: Those who have lost hope.