Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.  Amos 9:13 ESV

This scripture came to mind as the Lord reminded me of something that took place a couple years ago.

At the end of August, just before leaving for vacation, I had cleaned out my garden.  I removed all the plants that I thought were finished for the season.  The only things I left intact were the bell pepper plants and the peanuts.

The bell peppers had been quite a surprise that year.  I originally planted five of them.  A few days later one or two died.  So, I planted three more.  One of those didn’t make it.  Something kept pulling them up.  So, I planted two more.  I ended up with seven plants that made it.

After several weeks, I saw nothing.  No bell peppers at all.  Still, I left them intact.  Just before we went on vacation, they began to produce bell peppers…tons of them.  I froze so many bell peppers, I couldn’t fit any more.  I gave them away.  And they continue to grow.  Even at the end of September they continued to grow.

Before I finally pulled the plants, Brailee and I picked about twenty bell peppers.  Why did I pull them up?  It was time to plant the seeds for turnip greens.  It was time for another harvest.

This is what brought the scripture in the book of Amos to mind.  It was time to plant again, and I was continuing to harvest from my spring planting.

Reaping was still taking place.  Even as I sowed seeds for yet another season.

I have thought a lot about the bell peppers over the past few weeks.

Instead of becoming discouraged at the plants that died, I continued to sow more.

Each time a plant didn’t produce or remain, I not only planted one it its place, I increased what I planted.  In doing so, I had enough harvest for me, Breanne, my Mom, sisters and neighbors.

I didn’t allow myself to become discouraged in sowing and quit.  I continued to plant.  I continued to sow seeds.

Galatians 6:7,9 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

I did not allow myself to become discouraged…therefore, it was just as the Word of God says, I reaped in due season.  I reaped an abundance.  And I continued to reap until it was time to sow new seed for a new season.

God is faithful.  It doesn’t matter what is going on in the world or the world’s economy – God is not dependent on that – neither are we.  If we live by the Word of God (do what it says concerning our finances) then we will prosper by the Word.  God has ways to bless His people – even and especially in times of famine.

Today I want to encourage you.  If you have seed in the ground.  Do not become discouraged.  Your harvest may not come as quickly as you think.  But it will come.  God is not mocked.  Whatever we sow, that we will reap.  IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP.  If we do not allow ourselves to become weary. As I said, God is faithful.  He will honor His word.  He will honor your giving and He will bring an abundant harvest.  Expect it and release your faith for it today.

 

 

Appoint My Days

I am a tither – the windows of heaven are open over me, and God is pouring out blessings upon me that I can’t contain.  I am a giver; I am furnished in abundance for every good work.  God is bringing into my hands, seed, seed and more seed.  As I give, it is given unto me, good measure, pressed down shaken together and running over, the same measure I give, it is given back to me.  I give cheerfully and willingly for my God loves a cheerful giver.  I cannot outgive God, His blessings are poured upon me daily.

Mal 3: 9-10, Luke 6:38