Quite often we get emails from people who have sown seeds and are waiting on their harvest.
You may be one of those, I know for myself personally, there are some harvests I have seen in my life and others I am still standing in faith for, waiting patiently.
I received an email from a partner this week that I felt was very good, I want to share it with you today.
“Kim, I just wanted to share with you something the Lord showed me the other day about sowing and reaping. I am a gardener so I fully understand your illustrations of sowing and harvesting. The other day I was walking through my orchard checking on the little fruit trees I planted a little over a year ago. Of course, I’m anticipating a harvest from those fruit trees and I’m looking forward to it. But the Lord spoke to me as I was checking my trees and said, “These trees won’t give you a harvest for 3 or 4 years.” I knew exactly what he was referring to as I have been planting spiritual seeds for years now and still haven’t seen much of a harvest. And I understand your readers who say I’ve sowed and sowed and it’s not working for me. Some harvests take time. Even gardening takes time. At the same time, I planted my fruit trees, I also planted a pecan tree. It didn’t survive, but when I looked up Pecan trees to see if I should get a replacement, I found that they don’t produce fruit for 20 years. Now I don’t want to wait 20 years for a pecan harvest. Maybe if I was younger, but not now so I didn’t replace it. The point is that some seeds sown may take 20 years for a harvest. You may forget all about that seed, but God doesn’t. I even found out that it takes an oak tree 30 years before it produces acorns. So, tell your readers to keep sowing and expecting a harvest. Some things just take time.”
The Bible often speaks to us through a gardening perspective and most people do understand that. I know I do, however, I had not thought about the fact that cucumbers and zucchini grow quickly while peach trees and apples trees take much longer.
It is the same in our spiritual life. Some seeds we sow produce a quick harvest, I just love those, don’t you?
However, many of the seeds we sow, especially for big things, take time. And a lot of people give up before the time of harvest comes.
Nothing will grow unless there is seed in the ground. This is a truth we can’t get around. If we are not sowing seeds we can’t expect a harvest.
Once the seed is in the ground, certain things affect it in the natural. Things like soil, rain, fertilizer. So, it is in the spirit as well.
Once our seed is in the ground, we must be diligent to water it with the word of God. To speak God’s promises over it consistently. Also, we must be careful not to pull our seeds up with negative words coming out of our mouth.
How silly would it be to plant rows and rows of seed in a garden and go out the next day and dig them up? Utterly ridiculous.
However, many people sow a seed and then a few days later, when they have not yet seen a harvest, they begin to say things like ‘I shouldn’t have sown that seed, nothing is working.’ You see, my friend, if we do that, it is the same as digging up our seed.
As I pondered this, I realized if I want to have a continual harvest, I must continually sow seed. Some seed will produce a quick harvest and some will take more time.
I also realized if I sow continually, some seeds will be my cucumber seeds and some will be my fruit tree seeds. In other words, some of my seeds will produce a quick harvest and some will take time. However, the seeds that produce more quickly will be producing a harvest as I am waiting on the ones that take more time. Which gives me more seed to sow and finally, one day, I will find myself in the place the Bible takes about in Amos 9:13.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. KJV
You see, I am a sower and I have a divine promise. It is found in Psalm 126:5-6; They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
I love the word ‘doubtless’ here in this verse. If I sow there is no doubt I will reap a harvest.
Some of you may be thinking…I have sown, and I have not reaped a harvest. To that I say, read Galatians 6:9; And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
It’s like I have been saying for a week – we CANNOT give up. We must keep standing, keep giving, keep believing and keep declaring. We have a promise, we WILL reap, there is no doubt we will reap, if we refuse to give up.
Remember this truth as you sow your seeds this month, there is no doubt you will reap a harvest. Some seeds produce quickly and some take time. Let patience have its perfect work, for when you do, as the Bible says, you will lack absolutely nothing.
Prayer for Today: Father, I thank you for this word. I am a sower and I will continue to sow and continue to speak your word over my seed, watering it daily. Thank you for your promise of harvest as I continue to stand. In Jesus name. Amen.