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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

God Is The Harvester

In review of Matthew 13:30 it says, Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.

Bottom Line:
God will ultimately harvest the world. Both wheat and weeds grow in it. He will sort out the weeds from the wheat and burn them, saving the wheat for his Kingdom.

What this means to me:
In this life, myself as a follower of Jesus will be intermixed with the weeds. In God's timing he will start his harvest, and sort the weeds from his wheat, sending the weeds into the fire and saving the wheat for his Kingdom.

Today's passage comes from one of the parables Jesus told about wheat and weeds. In this parable the farmer plants good seed, but the enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. As the wheat began to grow, so did the weeds. The farmer decided to let both grow, as pulling the weeds may disturb the wheat. At the time of the harvest, he will have the harvesters sort out the weed and burn it.

God intends both to grow together until he is ready for the harvest. At that time he will have his harvesters (His angels) sort out the weeds from the wheat, saving the wheat but throwing the weeds into the fiery furnace. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom.

Sometimes I feel like a single stalk of wheat among weeds. His Word tells me that I will experience times when people will try to sabotage my identity in Christ. However, I can be sure, though, that God knows the enemy’s plan. The good news is that He has given me everything I need to survive among the weeds until the time comes when He will ultimately rescue me.

I can rest in Him no matter who may be persecuting me. All He asks is that I maintain my relationship with Him. It is this relationship that will guarantee that instead of being pulled up with the weeds, I’ll be lovingly separated from them at harvest time.

Father, today I am grateful to know that You understand my struggles. I treasure Your promise to save me. in Jesus’ name.