Genesis 8:22 – While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Today we come to the third season; fall, or harvest. It’s the time for which everyone seems to be waiting. But in the overall scheme of things, it is not the end. We will come to that later. Now we examine harvest time.
FALL – the Primary Purpose – HARVEST. Finally, after all the work put into spring planting and summer growth, we arrive at the long-awaited harvest time. The fruit is ripe and the laborers who have done all the work to come to this point are ready to taste the fruit of their labors. And they deserve it. But there is much more to consider than merely collecting the harvest. Allow me to offer some thoughts for your consideration. Do you have the requisite instruments for the harvest? Are they ready for the work? What are your plans for the harvest? Do you have a place to store the harvest so that it will not be wasted, or lost to rot and decay? Do you know what to do to protect the harvest? With whom will you share the harvest? To whom do you owe any part of that harvest? Will you faithfully pay that which you owe? You see, there is much more to the harvest than merely collecting it.
Once again, the same principles need to be applied to the spiritual harvest. If you have done the spring (seedtime) work properly, and if you have kept the enemy from destroying or stealing your harvest, you can be assured your harvest will come. The Scriptures declare, “Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). At the harvest, the questions I asked earlier need to be answered. When the harvest is ready, you must be ready, too. God wants you to be blessed. Do the work that needs to be done in the proper season. Don’t leave the job partially done. Follow through with your work. Don’t be discouraged, dismayed, distracted, or delayed. Be faithful, for as the Scriptures declare, “And let us be not weary in well doing; for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). It is when we learn to recognize the seasons Father places in our live and do the work required of us in those seasons that we experience the greatest blessing in our lives. Jesus was tempted just like we are, faced the same issues we face, but always and in every situation walked in victory. It is because He walked in His earthly life properly in the seasons Father established, and by that, lived above, independent of, and free from the enemy-season, and to always do those things that pleased the Father. Remember, “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples” (John 15:8).
Manna for Today – Isaiah 55:10; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 45:11; Isaiah 55:11; Hebrews 11:1-6; Galatians 5:6; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Romans 10:6-17