Autumn -- Harvest Time . . .
Autumn -- Harvest Time . . .
Harvest time is a joyous time of the year, for it is then that we gather in from the ground the multiplied results from what we put into the ground. It is Payday Time for all the labor we put into tilling the ground, sowing the seeds or the tender plants, fighting the weeds and insects. The law of the harvest is . . . "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully." 2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV) However, another factor exists.
I remember reading about a pastor who went to visit a farmer who had moved into the community the previous year after purchasing a farm there. He was not attending any church meetings so the pastor was going to invite him to come give it a try. Upon making contact, the farmer was happy to have someone come to his farm so he could show them what he had accomplished. Getting into his pickup truck, the farmer drove from field-to-field, showing the pastor how his crops were flourishing.
After making the rounds, and getting back to his house, he said to the pastor, "And I did it all by myself." The pastor responded, "Well tell me, how did you get the sun to come up in the morning and get it to stay just long enough to give your plants what they needed, and then set it down for the night? And how did you get the rain clouds to come over your fields and turn them on just long enough to give your plants the water they needed, and then move them on to another place?" The farmer thought for a minute, and then said, "I guess I didn't do it all by myself."
Harvest times should certainly reminds us that we can't do it by ourselves. An early planting season may have so much rain that the tender plants can't grow. This could be followed by so much drought and burning sun that the plants can't grow either. Harvests may be scanty, in spite of all our efforts.
Maybe the Lord is trying to tell us something. When He said, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." He went on to say that if your focus is on doing what you like, even when it is contrary to what pleases God, your harvest is going to be rotten. But if your focus is on obeying what God says, your harvest will be abundant (see Galatians 6:7-8).
Thank God, He lets us know how to straighten things out.
Andrew (Andy) Johnson
Senior-Adult Pastor, Emeritus -- First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Fighter Pilot, U. S. Marine Corps (1952-66, Ret.); Chaplain, U. S. Navy (1969-90, Ret.)
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