Something that may seem very obvious but is something many of us have trouble remembering when it comes to planting good seeds in our lives (and the lives of others) is this:
You do not get your harvest in the same season that you plant your seeds!
In other words, you do not see results in the same season that you labor. You will not get your reward in the same season that you sacrifice. You don’t work out for a day and see instant results the next. You don’t spend a little time learning a new subject and become an expert on it right away. Sowing and reaping is cause and effect—you will reap what you sow—but they do not happen simultaneously. God was clear in Genesis 8:22 when He said:
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
So there is and will always be seedtime and harvest time, but they are not the same time. And in between seedtime and harvest time is the progression time, and it’s in this time where we have to trust God the most because the speed and timing of the progression of our seed is not up to us! In a culture full of instant gratification and instant-everything, we must be patient after planting our seeds and trust God with the timing of the harvest.
Wouldn’t it be great if all of the good seeds we were planting in our lives came in little packets like vegetable seeds we buy from the store do. You know, the ones that have a little chart on the back telling us when we can expect growth? Those germination and harvest charts on the back of the seed packet are so helpful for us to be able to gauge when we can anticipate results! How nice to have a time frame for when we can expect a reward for our labor! Knowing when we will see results does help to deter discouragement, confusion, doubt, and quitting. BUT, not knowing when forces you to activate your faith! Knowing the end from the beginning completely eliminates any need to trust in and rely on God. When we plant good seeds, we must always do it in faith, it relinquishes control and the end results to God.
“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
When it comes to planting good seeds, do you ever struggle with wanting to control the “proper time” that you should reap your harvest? Give an example.
Do you ever find yourself not sowing good seeds because you know you’ll have to wait to reap a harvest? Give an example.
What seeds have you planted that you are still waiting to reap a harvest from?
Have you ever found yourself simply reaching for and focusing on the harvest you wanted instead of reaching for and focusing on God and what He’s doing in you while you’re waiting?
Have you come to terms with the fact that you may not get your harvest until you get to heaven from some of the seeds you have planted?
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