Galatians 6:7 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” NKJV
It is an inescapable truth from God’s word and in life that everyone REAPS what they SOW. Sowing and reaping is a farming principle that touches every aspect and dimension of life. It is unavoidable and inescapable. We sow and we reap. The question is not if there will be a harvest but what kind, when, where, and even why. There are some keys that will unlock a measure of understanding and enable us to determine our harvest and harness it.
I have never met a person who does not need a good harvest in some area of life. Some may not acknowledge the need and resist acknowledging that what they are reaping, is directly connected to their sowing but EVERYONE needs a Harvest. It may be in the area of finances, faith, family, or future but a good harvest is needed and often desired. If we are completely honest we will acknowledge there are areas in our lives where we need God’s divine intervention and His miraculous harvest to bring us forth into victory. However, I declare without fear of having to take back my words, “There is a harvest coming.” It may or may not be the kind of harvest you want or need but seeds are being sown daily and a harvest is coming. That makes it important for us to understand this principle and begin sowing the seeds that will produce the desired harvest in our lives.
When I teach and preach on this subject I sometimes have people on both ends of the spectrum question and challenge what I am saying. Some want to press this to the point that God becomes their supermarket, candy store, and Genie and others argue that some things just happen for no reason and there is no connection to their personal actions or attitudes. Both views are outside the scope of what God wants us to grasp. In the natural, there are Laws that operate in every principle of life and they operate whether we believe they are operating or not. Likewise, there are some Laws in the spiritual realm regarding Harvest that are vital and valuable and they will operate regardless of our awareness or understanding. The Laws of Harvest are universal and affect believers and unbelievers but the believer has a Greater Promise and Hope, especially if we understand God’s Principles and Purposes.
When we consider God’s Law of Harvest we must address some specific and clear principles that are powerful. It would be impossible to consider each of these in depth but we will hit the high points as we enumerate them. I hope you will prayerfully consider and study them, mining the gold from the Word regarding Harvest and the Law of Sowing and Reaping.
First, Seed Must be Sown before you can have a Harvest. Jesus said in John 12:24, “…except a grain of wheat falls into the ground… it abides alone…” That seed regardless of what it might be must be planted or sown in the ground before there can be a harvest. If there is no sowing there will be no reaping. Obvious, right?
Second, the Seed Sown must be rendered Useless. I refer to John 12:24 again and remind you that the Seed (act, deed, attitude, money, etc.) enters a state of uselessness to the planter. It is out of your hands and control. You can’t dig it up and look at it and you can’t eat it or it will not be a Harvest Seed but food or an object of curiosity and has no reproductive value. That seed must DIE and once it dies the process of multiplication begins. It must leave your control. One of the problems that some have is the refusal to allow the seed die and leave their control, thus they destroy the seed and negate the harvest.
Third, the Seed Sown determines the Type of Harvest. You cannot escape the consequences of your actions and Genesis 1:12 reminds us of this principle, “…herb yield seed after its kind…” What you plant determines what you reap. If you plant corn you do not get cucumbers. If you sow anger you will not reap peace. If you sow jealousy you will not reap trust. If you sow love you will not reap hate. WHAT you sow determines WHAT you will reap.
I want to give you several more principles and truths but will pause here and ask that you muse and meditate on those three principles. I believe that as we grasp their Truth of Sowing and Reaping or the Law of Harvest we will learn to plant the seeds to achieve the harvest we desire and need.
God, bless you richly and we will consider more on this in the next devotional.