When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Verses 1-4 are a result of vs. 5-6.
Biblically, a “heathen” is an unbeliever.
v.1-3: The great things that God did caused the unbelievers (heathens) to look into the lives of the believers and realize it was the Lord who had done great things for them.
v.5-6: It’s not always going to be easy when you’re sowing. When it’s the hardest for you to sow something, that is “precious seed”.
It’s not up to us to determine what/when someone else’s harvest should be. God has only called us to sow and let Him worry about the harvest.
Don’t mingle your seeds.
And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
1 Kings 18 (entire chapter):
v.21- At this point there had been no rain for three and a half years. They were in the middle of a drought brought on by idolatry. Elijah called a challenge with the prophets of Baal. Whoever answered by fire would be proven as God. Baal’s prophets went through the motions to no avail, and with no answer. When it was Elijah’s turn, he sowed what he wanted to reap… water. God responded with fire by licking up the water and then sending the rain.
It would have been a sacrifice for them to sow that water initially. It was the only water they had, and it was precious. But God responded to Elijah’s faith because He knew his motivation was for the people to know who the real God is. Elijah’s decision to sow precious seed caused the heathens to acknowledge God and the one true God.
When God sent the rain, the first time they saw the cloud, it looked as small as a man’s hand… but that is because they were seeing it from a distance. When the rain made it to them, it was a downpour.
Your harvest comes in stages. Don’t despise the day of small beginnings! You may be seeing your breakthrough from a distance. There will come a day when you see it close up.