“As long as the earth endures Seed time and harvest, cold and heat, Summer and winter, Day and night, Will never cease”. Gen. 8:22
Throughout the Bible, God opens unto us His mind, shows us His love and reveals the laws which govern our world. In Genesis 8:1-22, Noah, coming out of the Ark at God’s command, after the flood had ceased, made an Altar unto God and sacrificed burnt offering. This pleased God and thereby He declared His love unto man that He would never destroy everything on earth again until the judgment day when Christ returns.
The God of the Harvest is God who blesses the work of His people. He had made eternal pronouncement and up till now, He has not deviated from it. There will always be season of harvest after the season of sowing. To confirm His promise, He declared that, this order could cease only when the seasons of the earth stop to exist.
The God of the Harvest is the one who makes harvest happen. In 1 Corinthians 3:6, Paul says: ”I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow”, fortunately for us, God has promised us harvest, that as we sow, we reap. This translate to the fact that we will not reap only when we don’t ‘sow; this order of God cannot be circumvented. Ecclesiastes 11:4 says: whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the cloud will not reap. God has not promised us harvest without sowing. It is the work of our hands that God promised to bless. “The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hand” Deuteronomy 28:12.
When we sow and harvest does not follow, we should check ourselves; it could be God’s judgment on us for neglecting His work or for not engaging in kingdom business. In Haggai 1:9 God said to the Israelites: “you hope for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house is in ruins, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses”.
We will not reap in right proportions when we sow in wrong places. The parable of the sower expressed this fact. The sower was only able to reap adequately and right proportion only when he sowed on a good land (Mark 4: 1-20), this calls for prayers, discipline, discernment and watchfulness.
The God of the Harvest requires from us patience. He made Harvest to depend on sowing and there is time gap between the two, signifying that it is not the same day we sow, that we will reap; we need to wait patiently for Harvest season.
Beloved, the God of the Harvest has given us the seed, both for His work and our individual works. If we have not been adequately sowing, let us have a change of heart today. If we have been sowing, let us keep on sowing and wait patiently for harvest…”for in due season we will reap” (Gal. 6:9).
Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D