DAY 16: Reaping Success

DAY 16: Reaping Success

God has created laws we all live by whether we know it or not. One of His laws is the law of Sowing and Reaping. Sowing and Reaping is easily described in the picture of a farmer. When a farmer takes a seed and sows it and then nurtures that seed, he can expect a harvest. This is not a feel-good theology; it’s an actual reality we see throughout the Word from the beginning to the end. In Genesis 3 Eve sowed a seed of disobedience and reaped a harvest of a fallen world. The Israelites sowed unbelief and reaped 40 years of wandering in the desert. John the Baptist sowed unwavering obedience and became a beacon of hope. He was a prophet for the Messiah in his generation. Peter sowed fear and reaped disgrace, but in the second chapter of Acts, he sowed courage and reaped a harvest of revival. The law of sowing and reaping helps us understand how God thinks and it teaches us to be diligent with the things we’ve been given.

It’s not arrogant to expect a harvest if we have sowed good seed. It’s called wisdom! When we diligently sow seeds and never look for a harvest, we are not being wise. In Ecclesiastes 3:2, the Bible says there is a season to everything, a season to sow and a season to reap.

So, how do we receive our harvest? The first step in understanding spiritual promotion is having eyes to look for it. A good farmer examines his soil, considers his seed, watches the seasons, evaluates the rainfall, calculates the sunlight, and eventually goes into the field to reap a harvest. Every aspect of this process is vitally important!

Maturity is looking at our lives as a whole picture, not just in partial moments. If we had understood as young men and women, that the seeds we sowed would be reaped, we might have been more cautious to sow the right seeds. Some of us have spent decades sewing wrong seed. It will take a long time to weed these areas in our lives. But don’t lose hope! We serve a God who holds time in His hands and is able to change things very quickly if we are willing to work hard with Him.

Many years ago, I was discouraged with where my life was going. I had given many years to serving the church and loving people. I was tired and worn out and a bit disillusioned by all my years of service. I went to the Lord and asked Him what I should do. You see, I was busy praying, reading the Word, and asking for more change in my life. The Lord spoke this simple word to me and it revolutionized my understanding. He said, “It’s time to look for your harvest!” Look for my harvest? I’d never thought of that. I just assumed I was to keep praying harder, worship harder, serve harder and that was my solution.

The picture I received as He spoke was this: I looked up from the ground I had been toiling over to see if my plants had sprung any shoots. When I looked up, I saw a huge orchard full of trees with fruit hanging off of them and I was shocked. At that moment, I understood God was not asking me to sow, or even ask for more, but to expect from Him. I imagined myself walking along and taking the fruit off of these trees that I had worked so hard to grow.

This is the picture I want to give you. Yes, there are those of us who need to get down on our hands and knees, dig the dirt, water the seed, and make sure that the small shoot is safe. But there are others of us that have been sewing for a long time and it’s time to look up and collect our harvest. If I don’t collect the harvest, the fruit that is hanging off my tree will fall to the ground and rot. Some of us, because we are not willing to reap our harvest, have areas in our lives that stink with rotten fruit…fruit that others would have absolutely enjoyed if we had been willing to give it to them.

17 Comments

  1. Shelley 3 years ago

    Amen!

  2. Beth 3 years ago

    Beautiful!

  3. Kandee Mamula 3 years ago

    Good Morning Havilah! Thank you so much for this study. Especially encouraging to me today was that it’s never a waste when we do the hard things that God is guiding us to do. I’m expecting a good harvest!

  4. Judy 3 years ago

    This is a profound revelation. Thank you for sharing and explaining it. That speaks to where I am right now. Blessings :)

  5. Lee Anne Schall 3 years ago

    It’d be interesting to know how many of us are rebuking the enemy because of our own rotten fruit in our life. In finances, relationships, etc.

    Maybe He’ll give you insight to the factors and indicators of rotten fruit 😉

  6. Jamie Taylor 3 years ago

    Thank you for this today! It was a teaching that I needed right at this very moment. I am trying to believe God for the harvest in a particular situation in our family’s life. May God bless you for sharing wisdom with us today!

  7. angela w 3 years ago

    I receive this was a word spoken in season for me thank you!

  8. Danielle Cearbaugh 3 years ago

    I am really loving today’s study. It oozes so much HOPE!

  9. Linda Link 3 years ago

    I am so enjoying this study. I may try to use this in a small group setting with some Newer Christians, as well as seasoned. I think it would work really good and be short enough to allow fellowship and prayer time. Thank you for serving God in this way. You are a Blessing!

  10. Jennifer 3 years ago

    In history there are many examples of selfish and greedy people destroying other people’s crops before the harvest. Forcing them to start over or give up. HTurning the hard work into a waiste of time and effort. There is also no accounting for natural devastation such as wind damages or floods. I was looking for a harvest that I have yet to see and likely won’t at this point. I am looking at the charred remains of my most recent hard work efforts. I know that this is not God’s doing. He is as grieved as I am if not more so. The injuries are very real. People tell me my hard work will pay off and still reap a harvest eventually. I am watching and still waiting.

  11. Theresa Orcutt 3 years ago

    I needed this word this morning! I need to stop & look at my reaping too! I have been sowing too long over one health issue! Thank you & bless you!

  12. Heidi Lee 3 years ago

    A guest speaker at church recently shared a similar word. He said that the father in the prodigal son story was feeding the fattened calf in anticipation of his son coming home. Similarly, we are to have faith that God is going to bring our loved ones to himself. Love this word today Havilah!

  13. Josh 3 years ago

    …… if we keep our hearts soft….. what a great word. I think the tenderness of heart while facing hard things is a great gauge of an individuals trust in God.

  14. Monique 3 years ago

    Oh this was so on time. Forget the losses and celebrate the victories!!

  15. Kristy 3 years ago

    I have really enjoyed reading these studies!!!! I sometimes go back and read again. It’s time for me enjoy my harvest.

  16. Tamara 3 years ago

    Right on Havilah! loved the part ,know that if we do what’s in front of us with intention we can trust Him’, and ,If you learn to do hard things well, if you keep your heart soft, it’s never a waste’. Great study on how to do hard things!!

  17. Cherril Sell 3 years ago

    Day 16 – amazing message for my husband and I we have sown for 10 years it’s time to look for our harvest – thank you and God bless ❤️