IS IT ALL WORTH IT?

imagePSALMS 126:5-6: “Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest. The person who goes out weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will come home singing, carrying his bundles of grain.” (GW)‭‭

OBSERVATION: Is it all worth it? Have you ever asked this question? I think this question confronts us all throughout our lives. We have asked this question when we were in school. We have asked this question when we struggled through a difficult time in our employment. We have asked this question when our children seemingly ignored all of our instruction and counsel. All the hard work, all the hours of prayer, all of the times we seemed to hang in there by a thread…”Is it all worth it?”

One of the things I love most about the Bible is that it never candy coats life. The patriarchs of the Bible were just as human and flawed as we. They shared our struggles and our frustrations. They shared our failures and our doubts. They too asked – “It it all worth it?” And, time and time again, they found their answer in the Scriptures. They found their assurance in the still small voice of the Spirit. They heard the promise of God that proclaimed,

  • “Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest. The person who goes out weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will come home singing, carrying his bundles of grain.”

The writer of Hebrews echoes this promise when he writes,

  • “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.” (‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:10-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

And Paul reassures us of God’s faithfulness in watching over the seed we have sown, albeit in tears.

  • “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

So, the Word of God both reassures us and reminds us – “It is worth it!” Our labor of love, our faithfulness to His Word, our investment of love in our family and others, the seeds we sow in this life – will produce a bountiful harvest. The key is to keep sowing, keep believing, keep trusting. There is a bountiful harvest for those who do not lose heart. There is a song of joy for those who continue to sow and allow the Lord to cultivate in their lives and hearts the fruit of His Spirit.

  • “Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest. The person who goes out weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will come home singing, carrying his bundles of grain.”

Lord, grant me the grace to be found faithful and so doing!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is pastor of The Fellowship at Weatherford, a Foursquare Church in Weatherford, Texas. He has developed an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information please send an email to klzehnder@aol.com
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