Text for Today – 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.
At this writing, we are in the midst of spring, so this could be an appropriate time to write to you about a deeper understanding of seasons and how they can powerfully impact your daily life. I have written toyou a brief synopsis of how seasons play a role in your daily life, but I believe it would be helpful to address the specific seasons of how you can use them to enjoy a little heaven on earth. That is, after all, what Jesus said we should believe for in our praying; “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Let’s look today at His will for spring.
Spring is a time for plowing and planting, and for removing the rocks that can prevent seed from rooting properly. It would generally be marked by a breakthrough from the harsh cold of winter, and the spring rains that prepare the soil for the coming plowing and planting. The good farmer knows this is coming, so, he is prepared for it by having his farm implements and seed ready, and by preparing his ground as early as possible for the planting time.
Have you ever noticed that when you are in a time of what seems like a harsh attack from the enemy, that God always seems to bring a breakthrough and a time of refreshing? That is an indication of the spring season. The principle of the early rain, that breakthrough, refreshing, ground-preparing rain comes into play here. It is so easy after a breakthrough from harsh difficulty (sickness for example), to want to sit, rest, take it easy, and if you’re profoundly refreshed, hit the testimony trail to tell how you just came through the winter. The good farmer understands that now it NOT the time to be talking about how he got through the winter, but rather to be investing his time, energy, and resources in preparing to overcome the next winter. It’s time for the work fitted to spring.
When God gives you that spring time breakthrough (and it will come, for God has established the seasons), give due diligence to plowing and preparing your spiritual soil to receive the Word of God. This is prayer and communing with your heavenly Father. Likewise, give due diligence to planting the Word of God into your spirit. Study Mark 4, and lean the principle of the seed, blade, ear, and full corn in the ear. And remember, keep your heart tender (remove the rocks). And in all this, have confidence and faith in God that He will provide you with the spring you need to do these things. But you must be diligent. Spiritual laziness in the spring means little or no harvest in the fall, and that means another tough winter ahead.
Manna for Today – Ecclesiastes 3:1-3; Mark 4; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 6:10