Harvest of Light, Gladness
"Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."
Righteousness is often costly to the man who keeps to it at all hazards, but in the end it
will bear its own expenses and return an infinite profit. A holy life is like sowing seed:
much is going out, and apparently it is buried in the soil, never to be gathered up again.
We are mistaken when we look for an immediate harvest; but the error is very natural, for
it seems impossible to bury light. Yet light is "sown," says the text. It lies
latent: none can see it; it is sown. We are quite sure that it must one day manifest
Full sure are we that the Lord has set a harvest for the sower of light, and they shall
reap it, each man for himself. Then shall come their gladness. Sheaves of joy for seeds of
light. Their heart was upright before the Lord, though men gave them no credit for it, but
even censured them: they were righteous, though those about them denounced them as
censorious. They had to wait, as husbandmen wait for the precious fruits of the earth: but
the light was sown for them, and gladness was being prepared on their behalf by the Lord
of the harvest.