In this three part series, we’ve looked at how God operates in the natural world, and applied those same observations to spiritual principles. Our series started a couple of months ago with the topic of sowing and reaping. Next, we covered the damaging effect of weeds, and how important it is to pull them out of our lives.
Now we’re approaching the final stage. Thus far, we’ve planted our seed on fertile soil, we’ve watered, and we’ve plucked weeds early and often. And of course we’ve allowed the fourth fruit of the Holy Spirit—patience—to be manifested in our lives. This last step is vitally important because we cannot rush the process. God’s timing is always perfect so it’s up to us to be steadfast and diligent while we wait for our seeds to bear fruit.
And now the wait is over…the harvest has arrived! Whether it’s a bounty of vegetables from the backyard, or an outpouring of blessings when spiritual seeds bear fruit, this is indeed a time to rejoice! So often the seasons before the harvest are difficult and full of trouble. But we, like the psalmist, are confident that “he who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).
The harvest brings great joy, and it’s also an opportunity for spiritual growth. As we rejoice, we ought to mature. Consider these qualities that can be strengthened by the harvest:
GRATITUDE – FOR THE HARVEST
An attitude of appreciation guards our hearts against the tendency to complain. Harvest time is the perfect time to ingrain thankfulness into your spirit. We please the Lord when we show gratitude in all circumstances, even in the dry seasons.
FAITH – FROM THE HARVEST
The Bible says, “God is not a man, that he should lie” (Numbers 23:19). Harvest time is the perfect time to grow stronger in faith. It is proof that God is faithful to His word—the seeds we sow will bear fruit in due season. Let harvest time strengthen you faith. The Lord will surely bring His promises to completion—stand firmly on that truth!
GENEROSITY – WITH THE HARVEST
Harvest time is the perfect time to grasp the law of generosity. Consider this: a single pepper seed sown in good soil will yield dozens of peppers, each with hundreds of seeds! That natural observation is paralleled in the spirit realm. Luke 6:38 says when we give generously we position ourselves for a “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over” blessing. Whether in the natural or the spirit, the law is the same: if you want to receive, you must first learn to give.
Well, the summer season is quickly drawing to a close. Autumn is right around the corner. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on The Harvest and I pray God’s blessings upon you and your household.