God has your best interest: seedtime and harvest

God truly does give seed, but he gives seed to the sower.

In a society where the desire for instant gratification is the norm, we oftentimes forget to consider the plan of God for our lives. God is a master builder, the ultimate architect (Hebrews 11:10), and has revealed this truth through his own divine nature.

In creating the earth, God was very meticulous, and though all-powerful, took six days to masterfully craft the creation of which you and I now reside. God is hardly in a rush to do anything, and in most cases he requires us to wait (i.e. James 1:3).

God assures us, though, that our waiting will never be in vain. Romans 8:28 reads, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (KJV).

God, consequently, makes this statement in Genesis 8:22:

As long as the earth endures,

seedtime and harvest,

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

day and night

will never cease.

It is a divine ordinance that creation is governed by these laws, one of which is “seedtime and harvest”—or more familiarly “sowing and reaping.” In many ways conditioned to always expect and desire to reap, we completely overlook the sowing that makes it all possible. It is the will of God for humankind to be sowers. If this were not so, then God’s commandment to Adam makes no sense, “Be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:28).

Without seed, it is impossible to bear fruit or to increase in number for that matter. Each and every last person on this planet is a byproduct of a seed being sown (we should all know what this means, so let’s not act brand new).

In the same way, the principle of seedtime and harvest is active in the lives of each and every believer. Moreover, I will posit that God’s will (for our lives) operates on this principle. Galatians 6:7 states, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (KJV).

The scripture offers that “God” is the one that is “not mocked,” not us. This means that God’s own desire is to recompense a man the wages earned by the efforts put forth in the sowing process. As one who is not mocked, God’s word assures that a man will reap what he sows.

Though I am far from a farming or cultivation expert, I will tell you that those who sow actual seeds into the actual ground do not expect immediate return. The process of harvesting is just that—a process. This process cannot go into effect, however, without a sown seed.

Jesus compares the kingdom of God to this principle in Mark 4:31-32, saying, “It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”

Notice that the seed had to first be planted for this momentous return, meaning that an investment—sacrifice of time and effort—had to be put forth to achieve such success.

Paul makes us aware of the process that the seed undertakes when it is planted. First Corinthians 15:36-37 reads, “How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.”

The seed of our hopes, dreams and desires must undergo a process that can appear slow and painful in the midst of our waiting. What we must understand, though, is that the seed is not the final product. Paul says, clearly, that we do not “plant the body that will be,” but only a seed that will become something else. This process requires that the seed first dies, and then the process of growth can begin.

Our Savior so eloquently highlights this truth in John 12:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (KJV). It is to be understood that in this instance and in Mark 4:31-32, Jesus’ makes these parabolic statements referring to himself. It was Jesus’ death and burial—representing the seed sown—that enabled the coming of God’s kingdom on the earth.

Even Jesus had to wait three days to be raised from the dead, or harvested, which officially inaugurated the kingdom of God. His three days in the grave, though, were purposeful, as it proved unequivocally that he is the Son of God. (1 Peter 3:18-19 also seems to imply that Jesus preached to “spirits in prison” during those three days; see also 1 Peter 4:6.)

It is worth noting, then, that if Jesus (the seed) had not died, then Christians would not be Christians; Christ would have bore no fruit. Thanks be to God that he did die and that we are the fruit of his labor!

In waiting for the harvest we have to check our posture. Cultivation is no easy task, and we have to make sure that our seed is being properly cared for.

Genesis 8:22 makes it known that will we, inevitably, experience a season of winter. Instead of the anxiety of waiting for the time of harvest to reappear, we should use this time to rest and rejuvenate, much like the bear does. There will certainly be plenty of work to be done once the harvest comes.

The winter, nevertheless, can become so cold and dreary that it becomes like the dark, endless night. We usually equate the night to the most trying experiences of our lives. The Bible also does as much, as Psalm 30:5 states, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning ” (KJV).

These “night” seasons, however, also serve their purpose. They allow the seed to absorb the proper nutrients from the soil while receiving an essential ingredient: water. How does the night provide water, you ask? Psalm 126:5 offers, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” When equating Psalm 30:5 with Psalm 126:5, we realize that the hardships in our lives bring about the tears (water) that allows us to reap a harvest of joy.

I have found that we reap in joy because the morning brings about the final ingredient: light. With the Son’s beaming rays comes the ability to finally harvest. The harvest that is our destinies, however, is contingent upon God’s timing. Unlike the set course of a farmer’s almanac, God’s harvest for our lives does not happen at a set time each year.

For this reason, Galatians 6:9 reads, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Whatever seed you have sown, there is a guarantee of return. In Acts 10:4, Cornelius’ sown seed was acknowledged by God:

Cornelius stared at [the angel] in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up (sprouted) as a memorial offering before God.”

 The thing I love about this passage is that it serves as a reminder that God rewards faithfulness. If we are committed to the process of sowing, God will watch over the seed and acknowledge when it is reaping time.

 Because Christ did die as that seed, taking upon himself a curse, we have been declared blessed (Galatians 3:13-14). We rejoice in this fact, not only because of the gift of eternal life, but because of the description of the blessed man in Psalm 1:3: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

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~ by christianballenger on October 20, 2011.

3 Responses to “God has your best interest: seedtime and harvest”

  1. […] EXCERPTED FROM Kingdom Of God Worship source https://quenchnot.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/god-has-your-best-interest-seedtime-and-harvest/ […]

  2. Wow. This is great! No matter how many times I read or hear about see time and harvest……I always learn something new.

  3. wonderful very good understanding may the blessing of God for ever be with you.

    thank you

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