Many times, in our personal lives and in church we ask the question is it worth it? Is this relationship worth it? Is this thing I’m buying worth the price? Is the diet and exercise I’m doing worth it? Let’s see what the Bible says:
“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
The principle of sowing and reaping tells us we get out of something what we put in. There must be hard work, a level of commitment or persistence to the goal in order to receive a feeling of reward in the end.
However, that’s not the day we live in. We want it now. We think that success should show on our first day on the job. We think showing up should be enough.
Much like church. Without commitment or a persistent focus on prayer can God bring revival to a church or community?
This is what King Hezekiah is writing about here in our text. He’s calling for the former glory of Israel to be restored. He’s NOT asking for a physical blessing of prosperity but a spiritual revival in the land.
The king is praying Lord send a great revival IN your people.
You’ll notice in v.1 he starts with praising God and then in v.2-3 he announces, “The Lord has done great things.”
It is God’s people praising Him for how good God is. When we think of this in the world today, isn’t that exactly what people need to see in us? We need to tell the world: We believe Jesus has done great things for us and let us show you by how we live.
But sometimes we give up. If you are a church member you may have at least thought about giving up on the church. If you are a pastor you may have thought about a job change.
What do we do? Remember the promise. Reaping brings joy.
It is true rejoicing only comes through tears of pain. But isn’t it worth it?
Keep Looking up! Heaven is closer than you think. May God bless your day.
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