“And she shall rejoice in time to come”
Rejoicing is not a quiet, peaceful, comforting kind of emotion. Rejoicing is a great stirring of exultation and joy that must find vent in outward expression. It is an overwhelming kind of happiness that demands to show itself in shouting, praising, singing, or clapping — the kind of emotion you might expect to see from a mother if her son had been pronounced ” missing in action’ and he suddenly arrived home, well and strong, to surprise her.
Rejoicing is an abundant, happy, joyous demonstration— not put on for a show, but something real that wells up from deep inside and must be expressed. Times of rejoicing are something we all look forward to, and hope to have.
God says of the virtuous woman, “… She SHALL rejoice in time to come“. Its guaranteed. Rejoicing is just as surely prophesied for her future as the return of Christ or the wages of sin. It cant fail. Though rejoicing may or may not be part of today’s agenda, its only a matter of time, because the Lord promised it for the future.
Why? Shes investing in the happiness and spiritual welfare of her husband and children. Shes giving and working and reaching out to meet the needs of others. shes using her time and talents to help people and to glorify the Lord. Ever since we started in verse 10 of this chapter, we’ve watched the virtuous woman investing in the future. Shes saving up happiness in a bank that pays a high yield of interest. Just as sure as “the wages of sin is death’, so is it guaranteed that righteousness, obedience to God, wisdom and the fear of the Lord pay off in wonderful and eternal rewards.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee
We are investing in the future, and we’ve learned by experience that you reap more than you sow. But what are we laying in store? What kind of seeds are we planting? Are we saving up happiness or heartache for the future of ourselves and those we love? You cant sow your wild oats and expect to reap a harvest of blessing and joy.
On the other hand, if you’ve been giving your best effort to plant godly principles and practices in your life and your family then do not get discouraged and quit. ” And let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we SHALL reap, if we faint not, ”
Finally, let me give a word of encouragement to those who may feel like they’ve been scattering weed-seed for so long that there is no use to try changing now. While its true that you reap the results of the past…..
There is GREAT hope if you will just examine this sowing and reaping principle. If you make a turn-around today in the kind of seed that you plant in the not too distant future in the kind of results you will reap, and the Lord may even give you the opportunity to do a little “weeding out’ before all of those wild oats come to maturity.