Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest.if we do not give up (Jeremiah 1:4-8, NIV).
Have you ever grown weary of doing good? Do you get impatient with God, sometimes asking Him when will you see the fruit of all your labor? I have, multiple times. The good news is, if we do not give up, the Bible tells us, at the proper time, we will reap a harvest. The key phrase is, “at the proper time.” You have prepared the ground and have planted the seed—now what? What happens if a farmer grows impatient and rushes the harvesting process? If fruit is picked too early, the fruit will shrivel and fail to ripen properly. Determining when to harvest fruit from your tree requires careful consideration of timing.
“Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.”
(Exodus 23:16, NIV)
In Biblical times, the harvest was an important time of the year. The gathering of things planted was a joyous time of reaping what was sown. The process of harvesting takes time and patience, and when all the right elements come together, you bear good fruit in perfect timing. Today, Thanksgiving is observed to celebrate the harvest and blessings of the past year. Are you thankful for the blessings in your life, and planting seeds throughout the year that will bear good fruit in due season? As believers and followers of Christ, we are called to be harvesters of souls. Jesus, in a parable, presented the gospel as “seed” and people as the “soil.” In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about believers planting and watering the seed, but it is God who gives the increase. It’s harvest time, brothers and sisters! Let’s plant good seeds in the Kingdom of our heavenly Father.
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.“
(Matthew 13:36-39, NIV)
Are you impatient and trying to rush the harvesting process or are you obedient and waiting on the good fruit that God has promised in His perfect timing?
Lord, help me not to get weary and to wait patiently for the good fruit of the harvest, and to trust in Your perfect timing.