When The Harvest Is Not Yet


Here is a subject that seems appropriate for the fall season. It is a time when many in rural areas are harvesting what they have planted in the spring. You see pumpkins and cornstalks lining shops in town. Local produce has been available for some time now. Soon the leaves will change and fall—nuts will drop to the ground in abundance. Squirrels and other animals harvest these nuts and have a nice store for winter.

This is a part of the seasons God has ordained in the natural world. We look at it and give Him glory for His perfect plan and provision.

But these seasons in the natural are also types and shadows of something that seems blurry to us now—but is really far more stark and clear than our physical surroundings. I am referring to the spiritual realm.

There are times and seasons in the spiritual just as much as in the physical—and sometimes they even coincide. For example, sometimes I have noticed new vibrancy coming into different areas of my life at spring time, coinciding with the season. Or I might even harvest right on schedule at fall time—metaphorical seeds that were sown sometimes years before.

But what happens when we sow seeds with great labor, sweat and tears and yet the harvest seems as elusive as ever? Or maybe you have sensed that you have been on the cusp of it for some time now, but can’t seem to break through.

Like a farmer who plants tomatoes at the proper time, and watches his neighbors’ crops come in, but his is late for some reason. In the same way, we may sometimes look at our fellow saints and see the blessings they are reaping from seeds carefully sown, while in our eyes, God is late in giving us ours.

Well we can obviously eliminate that as a cause. God is never late. Nice isn’t it that we as Christians can start with certainty from some premises?

So what is the good that comes from waiting?

Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. –ESV

This shows there is great profit in waiting for God. I was shown this verse time and again throughout my walk of faith. It gives me courage, but it also reminds me of the journey this is. God’s kingdom is not a microwave society. I have treated it as such from time to time, and have always suffered the consequences.

In the mean time, perhaps we need to also remind God of His promises as we patiently wait. Here is a great one I ran across a few days ago and was the primary inspiration for this post:

Psalms 126:6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

The Spirit illuminated this verse to me. I count it as a promise from God’s throne, to be faithful to bring fruit from every seed I have sown in faith.

In the same way He is faithful to cancel the seeds sown in wickedness after repentance, he promises here to bring a harvest from seeds we sow while weeping—meaning sacrifices we make in faith.

So until the final harvest, when we weep no more, we will continue sowing seeds, in sacrifice, faith, and obedience. Knowing that He who promises is faithful to bring it to bear.

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