Seed Time And Harvest
Good Morning Everyone! It’s a joy to be able to resume writing today as whatever viral thing that Lizzie had seems to have run it’s course. I’m so thankful for every one that prayed for her, and just want you all to know that God is still in the business of healing and answering fervent prayer. So, let’s get into the Christlike Ministries NWA Devotional for Wednesday April 29, 2015, and see what God wants to talk to us about today.
“While the earth remaineth, seed, time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” – Genesis 8:22 (KJV)
There are two principles from the Bible that work in this world no matter who you are, what you believe, or even what you believe about God. The principle we’re going to talk about in today’s message is seed, time, and harvest. God, Himself, said that as long as the earth remains this principle would also. I think it’s safe to say that no matter how old you think the earth is…science has yet to figure out how to plant an apple seed one day, and have a fully grown, fruit bearing apple tree the next day. There are science fiction movies that claim that people can be instantly cloned, but the fact is it still generally takes nine months to bring a baby to what they call a full term pregnancy. So, no matter where you look…the principle of seed, time, and harvest is still in operation today.
Have you ever tried to back a cake without mixing all the ingredients together, and baking it in the oven? If you tried doing that all you would have is a bunch of dry ingredients mixed together in a bowl. How many of you know in order to bake a cake you have to mix all the ingredients together, pour it in a pan, and put it in a preheated oven for a period of time? The ingredients are the seed, it then takes time to prepare and bake the cake, and then once it’s baked then you harvest a fully baked cake. Again, no matter where you look seed, time, and harvest is a principle that always works.
Here’s the truth about these principles, however. They work together. How many of you know that if you do everything I just talked about to bake a cake you aren’t going to open the oven to find you’ve baked a pan of lasagna? How many of you know that you aren’t ever going to plant a seed of corn and reap a cow? I know these are silly examples, but the point is you are always going to harvest off the seed you sow.
Jesus said it this way (and I’m paraphrasing here) that you aren’t ever going to reap good fruit if you sow a corrupted seed, and you aren’t ever going to reap corrupt fruit if you sow good seed. So, the kind of fruit you are harvesting in you life is a direct result of the kinds of seeds you are sowing. Do you know what that means!?! If you don’t like the kind of harvest you are reaping…you have to change the kinds of seeds you are sowing…and you also have to be patient to give time for the harvest to change.
The place that most of us lose heart the most is in the midst of the time between sowing the seed and reaping the harvest. Just remember that no matter what kind of seed you plant there will always be a period of time before you reap a harvest off the seed that you’ve sown. No one really can say how much time. It could be nine months, nine days, nine minutes, or nine years…the thing that I’ve learned is the only thing I have control over is the seeds I plant and the harvest I reap. I don’t have any control over how much time passes in between…and neither do you.
Loving Father, I pray that You would teach me how to prayerfully and patiently wait on You and to come to a true understanding of what it really means to wait on the Lord. Help me to be still before You – to listen to Your voice through Your world and to abide in You. Keep me from fretting and worry – but rather let me learn more of You. Draw me closer to yourself and keep me from presumptuous thoughts – but rather teach me humility of heart, knowing that Your desire for all Your children is that we do justly, love mercy and walk humbly before You.
And in all things I pray that as I learn to wait on You and go deeper into Your word of truth that in all things I would bring glory to Your name, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
I know that it is hard to wait upon the Lord. I know it’s hard some times to wait for the seed you’ve sown to yield it’s harvest. The hardest part is always having to wait for God’s timing, but one thing I’ve learned over my life and experiences is that God’s timing is always perfect and it’s always far better than ours.
Have a blessed day!
Blessings & Grace;