Kissing the Day Goodbye (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 294)
Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT)
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Why do farmers continue to plant seeds and willingly wait over a long period of time to reap a harvest? Planting is really a thankless job largely because there is no immediate proof or evidence that anything good will come out of the effort. But that’s the thing about planting: Farmers sow in faith expecting to reap a harvest.
The farmer may not feel like getting up in the morning to work the land. He could easily give up because he sees no immediate outcome or benefit. Or he could plant but be lax in watering and weeding on a daily basis. But good farmers don’t do this. They work their crops when they feel like and when they don’t, when they can see a result and when they cant.
And this is how God wants us to sow in and for his kingdom. We could all use our feelings as an excuse not to do what God has called all of us to do. You know, sometimes I don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning, or being kind, or going to work, or being generous, or responding to people with a good attitude, or helping people. There are times when I want to kiss the day goodbye before it even gets started.
But I don’t live by how I feel. I strive to live by the facts of my faith that tell me God is good, God is trustworthy, God is faithful, and I can do anything through him who gives me the strength to do it even if I don’t see immediate results, or if answers to prayers are taking a long time to come, or if I’m tired or stressed. You plant regardless of the timing, condition or circumstance because that’s what faith is and that’s what faith does.
Sometimes in our moments of tiredness, stress, frustration, pain, grief, and misunderstandings, God is calling us to make a sacrifice. A sacrifice that will show less of us and more of him. But when God tells us to do something, he knows what the end is right from the start. Those emotions of not feeling like doing it will cross our minds. But if you step out in faith and do it anyway, you won’t miss God’s blessings that only come when we choose to sow in faith.
“Faith upholds a Christian under all trials, by assuring him that every painful dispensation is under the direction of his Lord.”
— John Newton