Day Four: Armloads of Blessing

Psalm 126:4-6 (Message)

And now, God, do it again –
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
Will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
Will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

“The hard work of sowing seed in what looks like perfectly empty earth has, as every farmer knows, a time of harvest. All suffering, all pain, all emptiness, all disappointment is seed: sow it in God and he will, finally, bring a crop of joy from it. It is clear in Psalm 126 that the one who wrote it and those who sang it were no strangers to the dark side of things. They carried the painful memory of exile in their bones and the scars of oppression on their backs. They knew the deserts of the heart and the nights of weeping. They knew what it meant to sow in tears.

“One of the most interesting and remarkable things Christians learn is that laughter does not exclude weeping. Christian joy is not an escape from sorrow. Pain and hardship still come, but they are unable to drive out the happiness of the redeemed…Christian joy is actual in the midst of pain, suffering, loneliness and misfortune.” [E. Peterson]

What are your ‘killjoys’ in life? What are the things that seem to kill your happiness and discourage you? Why?

Take a moment and evaluate these killjoys in light of who God is and what he provides. Are they true joyous pursuits or momentary pleasantries and escapes?

Spend some time praying for the ‘desert’ moments we may be going through. Let’s ask God for hearts that will trust him and seek him for the ‘rain’ – the resolutions and help we need.

– TR

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