Use Your Seasons Well – Fall (Harvest)

Fall is a season for some of the farmer’s heaviest work.  It’s the same for the believer.

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.

Following summer, we have fall (autumn, or harvest).  Now I’ve worked in farm work long enough to know that some harvesting actually begins in the summer, but fall (or early fall) has been traditionally viewed as the harvest season.  At this point, the crops are in their final stages of ripening.  It is also at this time that final ripening rains occur.  (Once again, I know that this may not happen worldwide, but I am referring to the seasons of nature that we would recognize in order to bring clearer understanding to what it means to operate within seasonal boundaries established by the God.)

The farmer knows this time is critical.  He understands that he does not have the entire fall season to harvest his fields.  He must harvest them when they are ripe.  If he harvests too early or too late, he can lose much of his crop.  He must work when the crops are ripe.  The same is true for you, dear believer.  When the seed of God’s Word you have planted, nurtured, watered, and protected ripens, you must harvest it quickly.  This speaks to an attitude of diligence, alertness, preparedness, and readiness.  You must be diligent to have tools and resources in place for your harvest (pray and be sensitive to Holy Ghost).  You must be alert to the right time and condition of your crop in the ripening process (pray and be sensitive to Holy Ghost).  You must have your storage ready to receive your harvest (pray and be sensitive to Holy Ghost).  And finally, you must be ready to be obedient to your Lord, the land owner, to carry out His bidding whenever He desires (pray and be sensitive to Holy Ghost).

Here is a good time to state a little-recognized fact by too many believers.  We have a great sense of the need to plant, to sow, to give for the work of the kingdom so God can bless us.  Sadly, too many believers don’t understand that harvest is at least as, and more likely labor intensive than planting.  Remember, what you sow, you should also be prepared to reap.  It is a kingdom principle of the Father.  To sow, plant, or give without planning to reap, harvest, or receive, is an attempt to mock God.  So,, use your harvest season well.  Your success in the next season will depend on how well you used spring, summer, and fall.

Manna for Today – Ecclesiastes 3:1-3; Mark 4; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 6:10