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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sow in This Season to Reap God’s Blessing

In review of Galatians 6:9 I'm reminded, “So 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).

It can be discouraging to continue to do right and never receive a word of thanks or to see any tangible results. In this verse, Paul challenges the Galatians, and myself, to keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. God’s Word promises that In due time, that I will reap a harvest of blessing.

Every farmer knows that what you sow in one season, you will reap in another season. You plant in the spring, and you harvest in the fall. The way I respond to someone or to a situation right now is definitely going to affect my future. If I respond correctly in a season of life and I do the right thing, even when I don’t feel like it, it pays great dividends in the future

No matter which season I’m in, there are four questions I can consider that will help me reap God’s blessing in the next season of my life.

First, what can I learn in this season of life? There are some things I will only learn through experience. Deuteronomy 11:2 says, “Remember today what you have learned about the Lord through your experiences with him” (GNT).

Secondly, what can I enjoy in this season of life? God’s Word tells me to, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). I am to live the good days and bad ones with a sense of gratitude, because each day is a gift from God.

Thirdly, what is most important for this season? Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (NIV). If that’s true, then I can’t have it all at one time. I have to make some tough decisions about what really matters at this particular time in life.

Lastly, how can I help others in this season of life? The Bible says clearly that I wasn’t put on this earth just to live for myself: “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help” (Proverbs 3:27 NCV). God gave me abilities, talents, and energy to help others.

In summary, do what is good all the time. Don't give up. For at the right time a harvest of blessing will come. Paul challenges me to keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. In addition the way I respond will affect my future. I need to do the right thing, even when I don't feel like it. I need to consider, what can I learn through this experience, what can I enjoy (God wants me to live with thanks and gratitude), what's most important (there is a time for everything), and how can I help others (whenever I can, do good.) I'm to help others with my abilities, talents, and energy. No matter what’s going on, it’s important to sow correctly.

Today Father I pray, “Jesus, I want to grow in you. I want to develop spiritually. Please use the seasons of my life to help me mature in my faith. Would you teach me to trust you in every season, even the difficult ones? Lord, I invite you to be at the center of every season of my life, so you can build the character that I will take with me to heaven. I pray for wisdom and guidance for my day, my work, my leadership and my interactions with others. I pray these things in your name. Amen.”