Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 12-10-20

Psalm 126:5-6

Those who sow their tears as seeds [a sacrifice]
will reap a harvest with joyful shouts of glee.

They may weep as they go out carrying their seed to sow,
but they will return with joyful laughter and shouting with gladness
as they bring back armloads of blessing and a harvest overflowing!

God is always busy restoring life and bringing redemption even when we don’t see or understand his work. In the will and name of Yeshua bodies heal, broken bones heal, relationships heal, and broken and grieving hearts heal. Sometimes our tears become the very seeds God uses to bring salvation and righteous restoration to us and our neighbors. In our connectedness, we share many experiences. We may cry for a while, but then God brings good out of something bad and we are able to find abiding joy once again.

In our passage today, the psalmist reminds the Israelite exiles that returned to Jerusalem about the restoration and joy they experienced in Yahweh after years of captivity. We should never forget our God’s faithfulness to us. It is his faithfulness that should inspire our faithful obedience to him. If you are going through a rough time this holiday season, please be patient and hold on to your faith in God’s restorative plan. Be willing to sow your tears in the fertile ground of his love and look for a harvest of good things. He has promised an abundance of blessing for you. He knows how to love you, your neighbors, and his world. May joy be on its way to your heart.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for bringing good out of the challenging times in life. I’m trading my sorrows for your joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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