Ministry of Tears

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

Tears play a unique role in spiritual breakthrough. This text tells us that the planting of seeds accompanied by a spirit of brokenness will not only bring a spiritual harvest of results, but will leave the sower with a spirit of rejoicing in the process. Scripture teaches us that tears have a variety of purposes and functions related to what might be termed “the ministry of tears.”  

Tears of sorrow (2 Kin.20:5) are brought on by the helplessness of our physical frailty. Tears of joy (Gen. 33:4) rejoice in restored relationships.  There are tears of compassion (John 11:35) in caring for the pain of others, and there are tears of desperation (Esth. 4:1, 3) crying out for help only God can give. We weep tears of struggle (Is. 42:14) in bearing down to give birth to the new thing God has promised to do. There are tears of repentance (Joel 2:12,13) weeping because of our sin. 

It is in our heart, softened by tears, where we must plant. In such fertile soil, the precious seeds will grow and bring a joyous and abundant harvest.