Harvest IV – God’s Commitment

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Harvest IV – God’s Commitment

Restore our fortunes, LORD, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. (Psalm 126:4-5)
Harvest is the proof of God’s commitment to restore, replenish and restock what is used up on the Earth. This is a very intriguing and interesting truth to note and notice. It is cogent to understand God’s love and commitment to His care for the needs of the Earth and note that that commitment has remained unfailing and unflinching as we are all witnesses to it even in these our days.
About the produce of the Earth, the Bible says,” Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. (Eccl. 5:9). Notice that everyone regardless of status, title or means derive sustenance from the product of the field organized by the commitment of God to seed, time and harvest for He says,” As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Gen 8:22).
It is a great relief when we rely on God’s commitment to our care as He will never allow all we need to ever run out no matter how much is used up by their restoration and replenishment in Harvest. Consider for a minute how on Earth, we have not ran out beef, chicken, vegetables, grains, etc. despite the volume consumed and the population of the Earth regardless of growth rate and the longevity of people. God is indeed up to anything and nothing is a challenge to His Plan and Purpose. God by His Wisdom makes whatever is complex simple easy and seamless. He “simply” instituted a cycle of activities that restores whatever is used up.
Beloved, God is committed to restore whatever is used, damage or destroyed in everyone’s life simply by our notice and understanding that there is nothing used up, damaged or destroyed on the earth that God does not replenish in time through Harvest. It gives me great joy (therefore) to look to God’s commitment to Harvest just when something is short, damaged or destroyed; I can look forward to recovering it in Harvest just as the Bible informed, “Restore our fortunes, LORD, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. (Psalm 126:4-5).
Yes, things may not be equal at some point and tears may flow at some other time but our hope and outlook must be toward the Harvest by God for He is the Lord of Harvest and He multiplies the seed sown. This is God’s commitment as Parents are committed to restore items used up in the home
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. (2 Cor. 9:10 NIV)

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Praise – The Essence of Praise

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)
Praise is the most authentic proof of the knowledge of God. It clearly and keenly elucidates one’s knowledge of the attributes and character of God. Praise is both of affirmation and proclamation. Often we affirm the attributes of God but few proclaim God’s attributes,
Akin to a Sales Executive marketing the Product of his Company, one will expect the Sales Executive to “Praise” the Product sufficiently being a person expected to know the Product very well. The Sales Executive must be able to clearly convince prospective buyers by his good and accurate description of the latent attributes of the Product and its competency to cater for the intended use. When the Sales Executive sufficiently and accurately communicate the features of the Product, the prospective buyer will subsequently become a valued customer but should the Sales Executive be uninformed of the attributes of the Product, he cannot sufficiently “Praise” the Product to the interest of others.
The knowledge of the God is a necessary basis to sing His Praise otherwise the Praise will lack luster, color and exuberance. Praise essentially is proclaiming the attributes and character of God. Effective Praise elevates the Person and Power of God to those who do not know Him and causes them to trust God in return.
Consider the case of David in his challenge against Goliath; ahead of the contest, he “Praised” God when he said, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him…Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Sam. 17:34-37 NIV). Notice he recounted what he knew of God to calm every frightened person in the camp; The LORD… will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine. This is the effect of God’s knowledge in David’s life to confront the present challenge and turn others to trust God.
Whenever we Praise God effectively and sufficiently, others (who do not know God) must gain truth about God by what we proclaim about Him and must be comfortable to confidently turn to believe and rely on Him to get the result we project by our Praise of God. This is the intense purpose of Praise.
Nothing is gained if we merely tell God, He is good, kind, “all that’, etc. but what we say of God does not convince others about God; then no “Product” is sold and no value gained.
David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:1-2). By the Praise of David, others shall hear of it and be glad. Today, let’s be intentional to communicate (Praise) what we know of God that others may hear thereof, and be glad. Praise the LORD

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Harvest III: God’s interest

Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. (John 4:6)
The Principal interest of God is Harvest. He needs to Harvest the World. Since Harvest is the result and outcome of sowing, it is expected that sowing was intentional to create harvest.
The essential feature of sowing is to “kill one so that others may live”. This feature illustrates the pain that precede the gain of harvest. The Bible puts it thus, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest.(John 12:24 AMP). This is an important and profound Truth we must assimilate; except a grain seed is cast into the earth and dies; there will be no yielded grains to sustain humanity. This is a very important notice; one dies that other may live. It is this cycle of keeping some grains to cast into the earth and die that has perpetuated continuous supply of grains upon which humanity thrives and survives. We consciously and expeditiously maintain this process lest we all famish and are vanquished. It is therefore the interest in Harvest that motivates the sowing of a precious and goodly seed. This is the primordial interest of God in Harvest.
God planted a very important and precious seed on the earth from which He looks for Harvest. About this seed, the Bible says, “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 AMP) .
That God gave his [One and] only begotten Son; He did so with harvest in view about which the Bible further says, “But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while [by taking on the limitations of humanity], crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering of death, so that by the grace of God [extended to sinners] He might experience death for [the sins of] everyone. For it was fitting for God [that is, an act worthy of His divine nature] that He, for whose sake are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the author and founder of their salvation perfect through suffering [bringing to maturity the human experience necessary for Him to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest]. (Heb. 2:9-10AMP).
Notice, Jesus like a seed, in bring many sons to glory, experience death. The sacrifice of God in releasing his only begotten son is the necessary basis for the many sons of God we all are today. God still has many more sons being the harvest of that One Goodly and Precious Seed He planted on the field called the World (Matt. 13:38)
Beloved, this soul crops for whom the Seed of God was cast and died is fully ripe; “Look, I say to you, raise your eyes and look at the fields and see, they are white for harvest” (John 4:35 KJV) and the necessary implement for Harvest is laborers (Harvesters) who will thrust the sickle are rake the crops. This is the eagerness of God; you and I being co-laborers with Him must bring-in the harvest to prevent rot. The most exhilarating aspect of the Harvest process is that the laborers are duly paid (compensated) and that is a blessed motivation for us to go into the field and bring in the sheaves for “he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” (John 4:36 KJV) . Go ahead, do get tired…thrust in the sickle.

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Harvest II: God of Harvest

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. (Gen. 8:22)

The Earth is governed by strict laws that create and hold its content in balance; the resultant effect of these laws are the cycles of activities/events that hold good the Earth in its place, refreshes and replenishes it. These laws are “simple” pronouncements of God backed by His power to give force and effect to the Word content.

Consider this, ”While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Gen. 8:22) This statement effected an order or cycle of activities that is being sustained to the present day; while the earth remains: planting and harvest season, summer and winter, day and night, etc. are natural and continuing activities today ‘simply’ because God said so. These natural occurrences and activities must both inform and elicit our fear (awe) and reverence for the Word of God and motivate our reliance and trust on them. Whatever God says is surely established
The notion of Harvest must therefore necessarily interest our learning and exploration, first because it is established by the Word and commitment of God similar to the cycle of day and night; and also because of the latent benefit inherent in Harvest. There is a manifold benefit in the intent of God to have seedtime and harvest as a standard and recurring event while the earth remains.

According to Wikipedia, “Harvesting is the process of gathering a ripe crop from the fields… The completion of harvesting marks the end of the growing season, or the growing cycle for a particular crop, and the social importance of this event makes it the focus of seasonal celebrations such as harvest festivals, found in many religions.” Consequently, Harvest is a season of God’s reward for man’s activities on the Earth, a time of compensation for man’s toil and labor on the earth. It is a time when man reaps of his labor sown. We need to pause here and extract the laden truth of Harvest and harness it.

Man, according to the Bible and natural cycle of seedtime and harvest, sows and then could only wait for Harvest: he has no means of warranty, to induce or influence the volume or outcome of Harvest. That (Harvest) is the cause and call of God.

The Bible describes the process thus “A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29). There is a unique feature of the process highlighted in the sentence “…the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how” That aspect unknown to man is what culminates in Harvest known and controlled by God.

God is the Lord of Harvest, (Matt. 9:38); He controls and determines the activity, response and yield of seed sown on the Earth and does so as a proof of His commitment to His Word and reward. Let’s fear and hope in God to graciously and mercifully command a plenteous yield in our lives’ Harvest season. Welcome to Harvest

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Harvest I: White Fields

Do you not say, ‘It is still four months until the harvest comes?’ Look, I say to you, raise your eyes and look at the fields and see, they are white for harvest (John 4:35 AMP)
Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus [to have a meal], saying “Rabbi (Teacher), eat.” 32 But He told them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to completely finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘It is still four months until the harvest comes?’ Look, I say to you, raise your eyes and look at the fields and see, they are white for harvest. 36 Already the reaper is receiving his wages and he is gathering fruit for eternal life; so that he who plants and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true, ‘One [person] sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap [a crop] for which you have not worked and you have been privileged to reap the results of their work.”
39 Now many Samaritans from that city believed in Him and trusted Him [as Savior] because of what the woman said when she testified, ‘He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked Him to remain with them; and He stayed there two days.
Many more believed in Him [with a deep, abiding trust] because of His word [His personal messages to them]; 42 and they told the woman, “we no longer believe just because of what you said; for [now] we have heard Him for ourselves and know [with confident assurance] that this One is truly the Savior of [all] the world.” (John 4:31-42 AMP)

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