Trials come into every life. There are days when it would be easier to throw the covers over our heads and avoid confrontation, conflict, and circumstances all together. But the Biblical approach is to press on, to be faithful, to stand firm, and to endure hardship. To be effective in the Kingdom, faith must replace fear, confidence in Christ must replace cowardice, and prayer must replace panic. God works in, through, and in spite of our trials, for He is not bound by our difficulties. Rather those trials can be tools by which He brings about His will and refines us in the process.
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5
From this verse we can glean a myriad of lessons from the sower. First, he continued the work he had been called to do despite his suffering. Secondly, he laid his burden down. There are times in our lives when we need to “lean not on our own understanding” by replacing our “need to know” with trust in God that He will bring to fruition what is in our best interest. As we cast our cares upon Him He will satisfy our desires in His timing.
Scripture is filled with references to the “due season” and “appointed time” of God’s fulfillment. We can rest assured that though God may seem slow, but He is never late. Another important truth that we can see from the Psalmist, is that time is a necessary element in the development of any vision. The sower planted his seed and then had to wait for it to spring to life. God wants us to give Him our hopes and dreams and trust Him to work the miracles necessary to bring them about without our interference. God may even use your own prayerful tears as the water that gives life to the seed. Thus, we must plant seeds of faith, water them with tears of hope, and then wait in eager expectation for God to bring the harvest.
Our minds are finite, and we have a limited understanding of God’s ways. We generally look at a few puzzle pieces at a time whereas God sees the entire picture. Since He has designed the puzzle He knows best, which pieces go where, so it makes sense that we should allow Him to orchestrate our meetings, order our steps, and outline our lives.