Keep on Sowing

It was a disappointing year for corn in my garden. Though I planted six rows with Silver Queen seeds just as I’ve done in the past, there wasn’t much to show for it. Many factors could be cited: rain at the wrong time, an overgrown chestnut tree that cast too much shade, seed that might not have been good, or a lack of effort on the part of the gardener (I quickly ruled that one out!). Regardless of the cause, the bottom line was that we enjoyed only a few ears of fresh corn this summer.
It’s discouraging to see so few tangible results from our labors. Christian workers know the feeling. When we try our hardest to teach God’s word but see so few who are interested, we’re tempted to give up. How can we get motivated again?
The psalmist long ago exhorted God’s people with these words: “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5,6, NKJV). Christians should make it a point to read that passage regularly.
There are two words in this text I’ll emphasize. The first is “continually.” In my years of gardening I’ve learned that one year may be dismal for certain crops while the following year will be terrific. The key is to keep planting the seed. One thing is certain: there will never be growth if the seed isn’t put in the ground.
The second word to note is “doubtless.” I can’t use that word when I’m referring to my efforts alone. But this verse isn’t referring to mere human efforts. In verse 3, the psalmist had said, “The Lord has done great things for us, whereof we are glad.” If the Lord works with us, we know that the end will be glorious. His power enables tiny seeds to penetrate asphalt and stone. In time, we’ll see the fruits of our labors.
Christian, here is a promise God has made for his people throughout time. Keep on doing the good that you’re able to do. Know that it will ultimately produce sheaves of blessings. Though we sow with tears, we shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing our sheaves with us!
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

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