Updated: Oct 13, 2019
Three - We Reap in a Different Season Than We Sow
It’s not that Christian believers are living divergent and interesting lives throughout the week, it’s that too often we live diluted and delusional lives and then show up to Sunday worship gatherings and have to pray for a crop failure. In the context of the principles of sowing and reaping - most hope their life-styles won’t catch up with them. The Seven Laws of the Harvest remind us - it always does. As we have all learned from Galatians 6:7, God is not going to have man turn up his nose and become the brunt of our hipster sarcasm. No one can turn up his or her nose at God’s laws and get away with it - that's real. Sooner or later that defiant and nonchalant choice will return to confront, even haunt. What we sow, we reap, but the thing that is so deceptive is that we reap in a different season than we sow. Let’s unpack this third law of the harvest from several different angles.
The Foundation of this Law is the Creative Purpose of God
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night will not cease.”
The harvest never comes immediately after planting. Harvest happens. While the whole earth is doing its thing, there is seedtime and harvest, cold and winter, sunshine and rain etc. There are as we like to say reasons seasons to life and the reality is that harvest never comes immediately.
Rome was not built in a day. Plants don’t grow overnight. The best athletes don’t become strong or dominant in a week. Children aren’t born overnight. Wisdom isn’t gained in Instagram/Snapchat - time, process, experience, success, failure, determination, persistence and life. Then you have something of worth value and substance.
Without question we reap what we sow, but the principle that millennium mankind doesn’t want to acknowledge is that we reap in a different season.
One - Because we do not see the immediate results, we have allowed ourselves to believe that there is no harvest coming and we can think, live, and do as we wish and when we wish. According to the laws of the harvest and the principles of sowing and reaping that simply is not gonna' cut it. The harvest will come but in a different season than we sowed our seed.
Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil. Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life, still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear Him openly.
Two - We live in a self-oriented society that says "hey... I'm great amazing and awesome. My interest is the only interest, it’s all good." This too is a deception. We have an unlimited menu and access: info, music, culture, appetites, religion, education, politics, causes, cravings and preferences. Our personal landscape changes in the time it takes to upload or download. The law of the harvest does not abide by those demands and expectations.
Three - In 12 hours we can binge watch an entire season of Ozark or Yellowstone see family conflicts, national conflicts all resolved in one hour, or at the most in a mini-series, four hours, but in reality, these things often require months and even years to resolve or change. The expectation of having all the material success, lifetime achievement rewards and advantages from cradle to grave is diluted and delusional thinking. The laws of the harvest are not tethered to those misguided expectations.
Those laws require we wait for those successes, rewards and results. Sowing what is good and waiting on the Lord of the Harvest.
Don't light your own firebrand to light our path.
Don't use your own cisterns, they are broken and hold no water.
Don't lean on the arm of the flesh, or our own ability, rather than lean on the arm of the Lord.
Wait for the Lord, allow your soul to wait, keep your hope in His word. Let your soul wait for the Lord, more than the watchmen for the morning.
Unfortunately, because many Christian believers today tend to operate more on emotional and feelings rather than on reality and biblical truth, there is little or no faith available to sow and then wait for a later harvest. There is little patience and persistence available to have the perspective of laying up treasures in heaven. King David the warrior poet and song writer knew by his own personal experiences that envy, worry over the prosperity of others, was really a matter of faith and seeing life from an eternal perspective. That is why he was able to write things like...
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
Again, in the context of the Laws of the Harvest, and robust understanding that we reap in a different season than we sow, it makes sense how Jesus challenged his disciples about their lack of faith, “oh men of little faith” he said. (Matthew 6:30) I can almost hear him saying, Hey guys... trust me. Have a little more faith in Me. The harvest will come.
The Law of the Harvest says, We sow in one season; we reap in another. No harvest comes the moment the seed is planted, but it we wait for God’s timing and favor.
1 Corinthians 15:58:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord."
Pray to the Lord of the Harvest and Don't Pass Out
And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.
Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and then comes the harvest’? Well, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps can rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.
Wait Patiently on the Lord Who Will Reward Your Labor
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place, and he will not be there. But the humble will inherit the land, And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
Final Thought on Reaping in a Different Season than We Sow
For every one of us who can wait in true faith we are renewed in strength - we will get stronger, not weaker. We get stronger so that we can continue to serve and love the Lord, while still looking ahead in expectation of his saving work. Stronger so that we are not jumping off and doing what we feel rather than trusting what we know. In the law of the harvest there is no need for us to take matters into our own hands. There will come a time when all that God has promised will be come to us - come to us in reality and fulfillment. Back in real time, us believers can still flourish by tapping deep into our integrity and strength of character (biblical) as we trust and rest in God’s grace and power.
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