|Isaiah 46:10 says; Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done.
This scripture has been rolling over and over in my mind for the past few days.
God knows the end from the very beginning. He begins by knowing exactly how it will end. I just love that don’t you?
I liken this to the building of a house. You begin with house plans. However, you already know exactly what that house is going to look like, even before you lay the foundation.
This past spring when I decided to plant a vegetable garden, I too, began with a plan.
I took a pencil and drew the layout for my raised bed garden. Then I drew where I would plant each vegetable. I too, could see the end from the beginning.
I diligently planned my garden, I decided what I wanted to reap and I planted accordingly.
This past weekend as I was pondering on this subject, I realized most things work this way. We have a vision/ plan in our mind that we want to accomplish. We know the end result we desire before we begin to plan. We layout our plan with the end result in mind.
Knowing this I began to think about New Year’s resolutions. It’s the perfect time to think about this as we are almost at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
I began to think about what I wanted to REAP in the coming year. Since this felt like a God-inspired idea, I jumped up and grabbed a notebook to take notes.
I wrote in one column what I wanted to reap in the coming New Year. In the other column, I jotted down what I would need to sow in order to reap my desired end result.
Now, I have a plan.
To some it may seem I am looking at it backwards, but I am not. I am looking at it in the same way God looks at it. The end from the beginning.
We have certain promises in the word of God that talks about sowing and reaping.
One of my favorites is found in Galatians 6:7. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
If I want to reap potatoes, I must sow potatoes. If I want to reap melons, I sow melon seed. I cannot sow a bean seed and reap a cucumber. It is impossible. So it is with God, we reap what we sow. Therefore, it made perfect sense to me to know what I wanted to reap AND then sow accordingly.
As I prepared my reaping list for the New Year, more scriptures came to mind.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6
I am excited about this! I know exactly what I want to reap, therefore I know exactly how to sow. And sow I will, according to the word of God, which never fails.
What about you? Today you are reaping what you have sown in past seasons. Is it working for you? Are there things you want or need to reap in the coming seasons? If so, decide what you want to reap in your life and then plant accordingly. It is the way of God. It is the way of His word. He sees the end from the beginning. May we begin to see as He sees.
“Don’t despise the fire, embrace it. Welcome it.