“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest… shall not cease.” — Genesis 8:22
A couple of weeks ago we got to go to Exeter, Nebraska and experience harvest. We pulled into the cornfield, jumped into the cab of the combine and away we went! Talk about front row center! The corn was literally being engulfed by the blades. It was awesome! Now, I’m a person who likes to feel like I am always accomplishing something, so this was very satisfying! It is kind of like mowing the lawn or vacuuming. There’s something about when you can see those lines on the carpet after you are finished. But I digress. As I gazed through the glass of the cab, I counted that this massive machine could harvest 14 rows of corn at a time! Now, that’s getting it done! Inside the cab there were computers, dials, and a lot of other things I had no idea about.
Farmer Steve told me that one computer showed him everything he would want to know about how much corn was being taken in and more importantly how much the harvest was yielding. It was constantly changing and updating, and he could tell when it was full and ready to shoot into the trailer behind. Farmer Bob drove the tractor/trailer that followed behind (which I also rode in, to get a different perspective). It was always at the perfect distance to catch the corn. He told me that the goal was to not let 1 kernel of corn drop to the ground! That kernel would be lost seed and it meant that it could change the outcome of the harvest! Every seed was valuable. When the trailer was full, Farmer Bob took it to the semi that was waiting in the field. When the semi when full, the driver would in turn take it to the grain bin for storage. There was an order to everything they did. They knew that the greatest reward came from following the principles of seed, time, and harvest.
God established the principle of seed, time and harvest in Genesis 8:22. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest… shall not cease.” When God created the first living thing, He gave it the ability to grow and multiply. How? Through the seed. Everything in life is created from a seed. We began as a seed. Every act of our life has operated by the seed principle-either good seeds or bad seeds. A farmer knows that he must first start with good seed to have a good harvest. Farmer Steve even told me that he researches the top 3 seeds every year and chooses the best seed to plant.
We sow seed by the words that come out of our mouth. We sow seeds by our actions. We sow seeds by our attitude, both good and bad. The principle of seed, time, and harvest is exactly that, a principle. The bible says that it shall not cease. So, if we are alive and are sowing, we will have a harvest of some kind or another. Look at verse 22 again. While the earth remains (which means until Jesus comes back) this principle remains. Then it says seedtime, and harvest. We can easily read over that. Yes, there is seedtime. There is a time of planting for if there isn’t planting there won’t be any harvest. Here’s the part we miss. The word, time. For every seed there is also a process of time attached to it. It should really read seed, time, and harvest.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”. Ooo, there’s that time word again. We humans are not very good with that word. We want things now, easy access, push a button and it comes the next day to our doorstep! For farmers it is usually around a 9-month process of preparing the soil, planting, watering, and doing a whole lot of other things before harvest comes.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived. God is not mocked for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Vs. 9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
God has a “due season” for all the seeds that we plant. His timetable is not always our timetable. Sometimes the season is quick, and we see the return. However, sometimes the season yields a slow return even to the point of not seeing it yet.
The good news is God’s principles are for sure! He knows what he is doing! God will cause a harvest to come from our seeds. God has an order for everything. Each thing has its proper time or cycle. He is always right on time because He knows what is best for us!
So, how do we make this the Most Wonderful time of the Year? How do we make sure that we reap a good harvest?
- Do not lose heart! When life starts to throw lemons at you, make lemonade. Refuse to get discouraged. Use faith filled words to speak encouragement over yourself. It may seem funny at first, but the Word works if you work it!
- Don’t be moved by anything or anybody. Do not let people or circumstances steal your joy. Run to the Word to be filled over and over again.
- Plant seeds of faith, love, and joy every day. There is a due season for every seed! Keep an attitude of expectancy. Harvest time will come!
- Faith filled words, actions, and service are all good seeds. Give and keep giving. God has promised to multiply the good seeds back to us.
- Check your face regularly. (Bet you didn’t see that one coming lol). No, seriously, check your face. Smile more, laugh often. Both are contagious. You will not only feel better, but you will affect others around you. A smile is worth a thousand words!
Say this with me: Father, in the Name of Jesus. I thank you for the principle of seed, time, and harvest. I know that there is a “due season” for every seed. Today, I choose to sow good seeds with my words, my actions, and my attitude. I refuse to get discouraged and will not lose heart when life throws lemons at me. I will run to the Word to be filled over and over again. I wait expectantly for my harvest! Thank you that you make everything beautiful in its own time.