“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
Dear People Who Keep Company with God,
In a dream, I sat at a round table, having a meal, and fellowshipping with those at the table. A large man with red hair came walking toward us and said, “You are the only one who can see me.” I thought he must be an angel. He then spoke, “In this season, pay attention to the laws that govern man.” As I wondered what laws he was talking about, the man answered, “The law of sowing and reaping.” He paused for a moment and said, “You will be hearing from me often,” and then disappeared.
God promises that we will always be able to count on the rhythms of temperature, weather, seasons, and time to continue as they have. Seedtime and harvest will also continue. Sowing and reaping is a law of this life, which means we are all sowing, whether it is intentional or not, and we all are reaping whatever we have sown (Galatians 6:7-8). There is a possibility for a harvest of thirty, sixty, and hundredfold returns (Matthew 13:23). Planting with integrity and being faithful to the Lord as we wait for the season of the harvest ensures us a bountiful yield on our endeavors (Matthew 25:24-29). We can also reap from another person’s labors. By trusting what they have done, you will receive benefits of their accomplishments (John 4:37-38). The foundation of Christianity rests upon the finished works of the cross. Those who trust Christ reap life, health, and wholeness from His intense suffering and violent death on the cross.
As a good farmer knows, there is a difference between the seed for planting and what we are to consume. “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat.” (2 Corinthians 9:10) God gives us daily bread for our family’s food, housing, clothing, recreation, and desires. He also gives us seed to sow that can supernaturally multiply. What is the seed? A seed is anything you provide. It can be time, money, skills, faith, hope, or love. Nature teaches us never to consume the seed because you are not only giving up the seed itself but all that the seed could have produced in the future.
There is no harvest of blessings if you don’t plant, but when you faithfully sow your resources, God promises a threefold benefit. “In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11). First, He will increase your resources for personal use and planting. Second, He will enrich you in every way, and that includes receiving more wisdom, revelation, grace, and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Third, He will cause others to thank Him. When we give, we break selfishness hold on our hearts. Paying attention to sowing and reaping not only helps others, but it brings honor to God and opens the windows of blessing into our lives.
Many Blessings, BW