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.
Today we come to our discussion of winter, and in light of our past Second Milers on seasons, it is extremely interesting. For the farmer, it is obviously not the time to plant, water, or harvest. The seed would not germinate, and if it did, the blade would freeze, the water used for irrigation would freeze, and there would simply be nothing to harvest. So, what is the real benefit of winter? I’m glad you asked.
If you have given due diligence to fill your spring, summer, and fall with proper investment of time and resources, winter, for you, becomes a great season of fellowship with the growing in personal relationship with the Lord. Imagine your barnsare full; outside the ground is snow covered; inside, you have a comforter (a type of Holy Ghost) wrapped about your shoulders, and you are curled up by the fireplace with a roaring blaze warming all that is about you. Now, for a country boy like me, that’s living. If I want, or need to go out, my barns are full, so my livestock is well fed. I have kept all my farm equipment in good shape, so I can use my wagon if needed. If someone is hungry or cold, and comes to my door, I have plenty to share with them, so my ministry is stronger and more blessed. And now is the time to share with others what I did in the spring, summer, and fall (harvest) to be so well prepared to walk in the blessing, safety, and security of God in the winter. In short, now is the time to really testify. When your testimony is the result of diligence in Jesus, others will be most influenced by your testimony, success, and favor with God. Oh, and there’s more. During the winter, the farmer would be diligent to maintain and keep in a state of readiness, the equipment and resources he will need in the coming spring.
Now, learn one more thing; as I have already written to you, the seasons of your life will come at different times in different arenas. Remember Samson? The jawbone that was his weapon also became his source of refreshing. If you’ve done diligently, you will always be in a winter season in some arena of life, and in that winter, grow closer to the Father. Make this a continual cycle of life for your daily living. And remember, swords, spears, plowshares, pruning hooks, and cycles are all formed from the same metal, as are your tools and weapons of the Word of God.
Manna for Today – Ecclesiastes 3:1-3; Mark 4; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 6:10