She Rocks the Word
Here Comes the Joy!
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Can I be honest in the most loving way? I don’t understand why people have such a hard time crying. I am not even talking about crying in front of people. Even in private when no one person is looking. I am not even talking about the men having a hard time. I am talking to the women as well. It seems these days women’s hearts can be harder than men’s hearts. I have no problem getting my cry on. It’s not just a physical relief. It yields a spiritual reward.
When disappointments and distractions come to steal our joy…. In some instances, the only way to get our joy back is to show our tears. The word of God says they that sow in tears shall reap in joy. I am not talking about being overtaken by the spirit of grief at all. What I am talking about is acknowledging there is a disappointment through a painful situation where hopelessness, anger, un-forgive-ness, and bitterness tried to or has taken root.
Do not ignore this pain. Do not allow yourself to become numb saying to yourself…..god’s got it, whatever, I’m good…knowing you are lying to yourself and to god. Yes, he does have it. So this means you can’t hold on to it too. There should not be a tug of war between you and god when it comes to pain. Let him really have it. His word says to cast our cares on him for he cares for us. That word cast in that context means to throw it with a force onto him.
Take an inventory of where you are and where you are going. If you find yourself wondering why you are not settled in your spirit on some things. Identify it and intentionally sow your tears and bury them in the soil of god’s love for you. Don’t miss out on the joy he has promised you. Get intimate with the father and cry out to him. Tell him how you feel about that situation. Be honest with him…be honest with yourself. We are so busy talking to everyone else but god. Responding ungodly even in the most subtle way. Some of us have no problem crying to our close friends and family but that is not sowing. I am not saying you should not cry when you are hurting in the presence of loved ones at all. But know you can only sow your tears to god in order to reap the joy. Our tears are saved and cherished by god and his soil is good soil to cry on. King David said it so beautifully that he bottles up my tears. He loves us and will take care of us. Our hope and our trust is in him alone.
You may think that crying is a sign of weakness. Well, it may look that way and well honestly you are right. That is why is it so important to intentionally sow your tears because it is an actual sign that strength is coming your way. Think about it, his word says the joy of the lord is our strength. And his strength is made perfect in our weakness. His joy literally strengthens us and is eternal.
Turn that pain: disappointment…anger…hopelessness…unforgiveness into tears. Release them to sow and wait on him….because here comes the joy!
Prayer: father I give you all the honor and glory today. You are good and your mercy endures forever. I acknowledge and I release this bitterness now. I acknowledge and I release this anger now. I acknowledge and I release this hopelessness now. You are good and you want the best for me. You are good and you have a plan to bring me to a hope a future. God help me to see and enter into your fullness of joy. I cast every care over to you now. You got this not me. There is nothing and no one worth forfeiting the joy that has been promised to me. I will get my cry on (intentionally sow) without being overtaken by grief and I receive your joy. In Jesus name amen.
Luke 6:21 (NIV)
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Psalm 107:19 (NIV)
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Romans 15:13Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His