They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. Psalm 126:6 [NLT]
Fall is my favorite time of the year. The days begin to shorten, the temperature begins to cool down, and you can see the fields reaping the profit of their labor. However, before there is a harvest, days of preparation are required. These days require dedicated determination to insure the final and successful outcome.
There is the preparation of the soil. The tractors disc the land to break up the hard surface. This is followed by plowing the rows and planting the seed. In our climate, water pipes are often laid with high powered sprinklers watering the dry soil.
Germination is required and seed begins to sprout. There is the continual care of the infant crop. Weeds must be controlled, less it choke the vulnerable shoots. Days of care are required. The soil must be continually kept damp. Diligent agricultural husbandry is required
Often times, disappointment is the threat to the harvest. The farmer knows that neglect equals disaster. Farming is hard work!
Along with the daily chores the global economy affects the price of the crops gathered to the harvest. Yet the farmer persists as he looks toward the harvest. Never lose hope in the harvest. The Master guarantees the harvest!
10"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. 12 For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13"Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, And it will be a memorial to the LORD, For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off." Isaiah 55:10-13 [NASB]
The joy is the harvest! At the time of the harvest, the tears, sweat, and burden are exchanged for the rejoicing of the harvest celebration. The crop is gathered in and the joy of success in sweet.
So it is for those who labor in the Kingdom of God. We face the challenges of sowing the Word, weeding out spiritual hindrances, preserving the fragile shoots until they reach maturity. We moisten the soil of the soul with the water of eternal life. We weed out the hindrances of discouragement and doubt. Then we see the fruit of labor, the harvest of a mature saint. A time of rejoicing! A time of celebration! A time of successful harvest!
Who goes to the fields to labor? The children of God! We are all called to labor in the Kingdom of God. The MASTER calls us through prayer, fasting, and loyalty to God’s fields of labor.
35"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. 36"Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37"For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps.' 38"I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor." John 4:35-38 [NASB]
Thank you faithful Southwest Christian Center for your continual commitment to the work of the Lord. The days of planting and husbandry always lead to the glorious harvest of eternal life.
7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:7-9 [NASB]
Harvest time is coming! We weep in labor, but we will rejoice in reaping. The harvest of your home, your children and grandchildren, your neighbors, your co-workers, the WORLD!
COME, YE THANKFUL PEOPLE COME
Reverend Henry Alford, D.D.
Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
All the world is God's own field, fruit as praise to God we yield; wheat and tares together sown are to joy or sorrow grown. First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear; Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.
For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take the harvest home; from the field shall in that day all offenses purge away, give his angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast; but the fruitful ears to store in the garner evermore.
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