Seed, Time, and Harvest – Part II

Last week, we started our discussion on Seed, Time, and Harvest.  In Genesis 8:22a, it says, As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest…and the Holy Spirit showed us how the process of farming can be applied to our lives today. 

The Lord prepares the soil for the seed, that’s you and me, to be planted.  Over time, He feeds the soil, and He may have to pull up a few weeds, as He clears the path for where we are going.  Then we must be confident that He has put everything that we need into the seed and thus, our seed is sowed in faith.  But if we continually keep our eyes fixed on negative conditions, we will fail to sow or will lose faith in our seed. 

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. –

Proverbs 20:4

We must then be diligent as we wait.  It’s our responsibility to do the work no matter what the results because the Lord will reward us for our efforts and the quality of our work.  Remember, we will get out what we put in.  The Holy Spirit will give us guidance along the path, but without all the details.  However, we must not stop growing, while we wait for further instructions. The Lord will send others to provide the water for us to grow;

He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful.  

Isaiah 30:23a

The Lord provides a bountiful harvest, the reward for our labor. 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

So, don’t give up before the harvest!  To be honest, when the Lord gives us something to do, we cannot give up until the Lord says we can… and I really don’t believe that that’s gonna happen!

Seed, Time, and Harvest – Part I

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I had been super excited after last week’s blog, We are Being PUSHED!… and I still am, but by Saturday morning as I thought more about my own purpose, I felt that I’d hit a wall. I woke up a tad discouraged and to top it all off, the Holy Spirit hadn’t given me the download for my blog post for this week.

 I decided to go to a happier place and reflect on last week’s episode.  As you may remember, I believe that we are going to be PUSHED into our Purpose, like never before this year.  We must be ready to use what the Lord’s already given us.  We are enough, which is why He chose us.  We must listen for His guidance without all the details, but keep moving, while we wait for further instructions.  We can no longer wait for the Lord to do what He has given us the ability to do.

So, as I was lying in bed, anxiously awaiting to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, He reminded me that I had posted this scripture earlier in the week. 

The message is that there will never be the perfect time to take our next step.  But then I heard, in my spirit, SEED, TIME, AND HARVEST, thus my topic for this week, part I.  Farming analogies are used throughout the Bible, so I started my search, which began at Genesis…

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. – Genesis 8:22 KJV

22 As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22 NLT

I realize that this may appear somewhat unusual, but remember, we are dealing with the Holy Spirit, who pushes us outside of our norm.  So, just stick with me as we look at the first few steps of the farming process, with some accompanying scriptures.  We have:

  • Prepare the Soil
  • Sow/Plant the Seed
  • Feed the Soil
  • Water

The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding. … The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is a wonderful teacher, and he gives the farmer great wisdom. 

Isaiah 28:26, 29

Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both. 

Ecclesiastes 11:6

The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 

1 Corinthians 3:8

For this to make sense, we must put ourselves into the place of a farmer, and remember that farming is very hard work, extremely labor intensive.  As we are pushed into our purpose, what are the things that we must gleam from these scriptures.

  1. The Lord has prepared the soil. He has given us understanding and He is a wonderful teacher and has given us has taught us great wisdom for the task at hand and for the journey ahead.
  2. Plant the seed early in the morning and work all afternoon.  Let the success of the task rest in the hand of the Lord, but we must get the task done. 
  3. Don’t try to work alone and do it all, some will plant, and others will water.  We are working hard to achieve a great harvest.  It’s our responsibility to do the work no matter what the results because the Lord will reward us for our efforts and the quality of our work. 

Next week, we are going to talk more about harvest.  We must first have faith in our seed and if we sow our seeds in faith, we KNOW that the Lord will provide the increase and we will reap a great harvest.  So, Stay Tuned!

Remember, Our Steps are Ordered…