Wednesday, July 25, 2018
I Will Reap My Harvest in Just the Right Time
In review of Galatians 6:9 it says, “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (NLT).
Today’s verse comes from Galatians 6:7-10. With in it, I reminded that I will always harvest what I plant. If I live to satisfy my own sinful nature, I will only end up harvesting decay and death from that sinful nature. But if I live to please the Spirit I will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don't get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time I will reap a harvest of blessing if I don't give up. Therefore, whenever I have the opportunity, I should do good to everyone, especially to those in the family of faith.
It's a natural law to harvest what I plant. I'm finding that it's true in other areas as well. It would be surprise to plant corn but have pumpkins come up. Every action has results. If I plant to please my own desires, I'll end up harvesting sorrow and evil. However, if I plant to please God, I'll harvest joy and everlasting life. So today I should consider what kind of seeds am I planting?
It is discouraging to continue to do right and receive no word of thanks or see no tangible results. But Paul challenged the Galatians and myself, to keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. In due time, I will reap a harvest of blessing.
Between the then and the now, or the now and the what’s coming next, there is always a delay. This can be irritating: to make a deposit or an investment or a plan and not have it instantly come to fruition.
But I must remember that fruit ripens slowly. Would you rather eat a vine-ripened tomato or one that has been picked green and then gassed to turn it red? There’s no comparison between a vine-ripened tomato, which was allowed to grow slowly, and a tomato that was picked prematurely. If I pick too soon, I’ll miss the flavor.
In money management, I will always reap in a different season than I sow. And by the way, not all fruit ripens at the same time. When you grow peaches, they’re not all ripe at once. They come in little by little; I pick a few a day. When I start planting and following God’s money management principles, I’m not going to get a windfall tomorrow. It’s going to come in over time. (And my wife and myself have experienced this first hand). I’m going to have to wait to reap in a different season.
I’m reminded this morning that while I’m waiting, God is working. When I’m waiting for the fulfillment of the efforts or money or energy that I’ve put into something, I may think nothing’s happening. Oh, it’s happening! While that seed is hidden in the ground, it is slowly germinating. And when that seed bursts with God’s blessing on it, it will continue growing and growing. One day a little shoot will stick up out of the ground, and then I’ll will see that it’s working.
But until then, I need to trust that God is working, even when I can’t see the fruit of my labor.
Plants take time to grow. There’s no such thing as instant maturity. No farmer goes out, plants the seed in the ground, comes back an hour later, digs it up, and expects it to have grown. I’ve just got to let it be. Leave it covered, and let God grow it in his time.
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (NLT).
Don’t give up doing what is right. God will provide a harvest of blessing at just the right time.
What this means to me:
I shouldn’t get tired of doing what is good, even though the tangible results are not present or easy to see. If I don’t give up, God will provide a harvest of blessing, and just at the right time.
In summary, I will always harvest what I plant. At just the right time, I will reap a harvest of blessing If I don't give up. Therefore, in every opportunity I should do good to everyone. Every action of mine will have some type of result. There will always be a delay in receiving the harvest. Fruit takes time to ripen. Just know that while I"m waiting, God is working. Until then, trust that God is working, even when the fruit is not evident or seen yet. Just leave it to God and let him grow it in his timing.
Father I thank you for the blessings I’ve received from you and for the ones you’ll give me in the future. Today’s verse is a great reminder for me to not give up. I pray this morning Father for your wisdom, encouragement and reminders to help me to continue to good in every opportunity. I want to serve and love you, and serve and love others. I ask for wisdom to help me select the right activities to complete and to communicate well with others. In Jesus name I pray, amen!
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