Over the years people have probably heard me say, “My uncle could just about plant a rock and it would grow, while others can plant good seed and watch it die!”
My uncle was a farmer; he didn’t just try farming; no, he was a farmer. This means he learned what it takes to produce any crop of his choosing and he diligently applied what he knew to be good farming principles. He put in long hours and took advantage of every good working day to make sure his ground was prepared to receive the seed; he planted good seed in it proper season and he nurtured and protected what he planted. He knew that if he diligently did his part, then the harvest would be good!
Israel was an agricultural nation and God spoke to them as such, in terms whereby they could understand how to apply his word into their lives. The Lord would often refer metaphorically to his word as seed and the people’s hearts or lives would be the ground in which the seed was to be planted.
The seed could also be anything which could come out from God or what comes out from man, (even from Satan and this worlds system); what is sown will also be reaped, whether it is be money, time, love, judgments, things of the flesh or things of the Spirit.
Whatever comes out from God, from man, (even from Satan and this worlds system), can in many ways be seen as seed sown! It is a way of life where we continually receive and give out from what we are and what we have received from God or other places.
Anyone can grow weeds (bad seeds), they take no special preparation or care and many times they seem to come from nowhere; they are sown by the wind, by different kinds wild life and even sown by the careless actions of man.
However, good seed takes work; there’s the preparation of the ground to make it ready to receive the seed, then there’s the maintenance of that same ground to protect your seed, where you will continually be putting in time and effort to insure any harvest.
“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. (Ecc. 11:4)”
Procrastination is the enemy to the farmer if he desires to see a harvest. Making excuses not to plant or waiting for the so-called “perfect moment” will only cause the farmer to miss out on the small window of opportunity to plant his seed in its proper season; too long of a delay in planting your seed will not give enough time for maturity of what’s planted, before the frost comes and destroys your harvest.
Farming is usually done in warmer weather, so waiting for a cool wind to make it easier to work in is a mistake; it’s a mistake to wait for that cool wind that may never come. The same for the harvest; there is just a small window of opportunity to bring it in. The same cloud cover that may protect the farmer from the heat of the sun can also bring the unwanted rain, which will delay the harvest or the rain may even destroy the harvest.
Likewise, many people fail to see any real harvest in their lives, because they continually procrastinate; when or where they will sow their seeds; whereby, they either missed their window of opportunity or they failed to sow completely.
Sowing is a lifestyle; it’s not something you try for a while and then stop, nor is it a luxury you can live without! You will either be sowing good seed or you will be sowing bad seed; whether you like it or not, you are a sower of one or the other all of your life. (What you do or say every day, will have an influence on your seed-time & harvest.)
A farmer doesn’t cast his seed into just any parcel of ground and then leaves it on its own to grow; no, he carefully selects the ground, prepares the ground and continues to tend it, until harvest. Your harvest will be where you planted your seed; you don’t plant in one place and expect to find your harvest somewhere else!
Weed harvests are almost always a guaranteed harvest and weeds can grow right beside good seed, if allowed to; but the harvest of the good seed depends greatly on you being continually diligent of nurturing and protecting what you have sown, (weeds can kill out good seed.) Don’t plant bad seed and expect something good; you don’t plant tomatoes and expect watermelons!
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. (Pro. 11:24)”
A farmer must be willing to release enough seed to get his intended harvest. Holding back seed shows a lack of faith in the process and it only produces a small and insufficient harvest; which leads to lack or poverty.
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (2Cor. 9:6)”
Paul also makes the same point by saying if you sow sparingly (little), that you will receive something small; but if you sow a lot, then you can expect a lot.
He uses the word “bountifully“; the Greek word used means “with blessing”. In other words, if you sow with the purpose in mind of being blessed (or being a blessing), then you will receive a blessing; so if you feel cursed, then you must have sown little and you got what you sowed. Basically, you control the blessings in your life, by sowing bountifully good seed!
There is no lack in God; sometimes though he lets you decide to what degree he will bless you, by what you are willing to trust him with. (You must be willing to release the seed that is needed!)
Withholding is a lack of faith and it will only produce poverty in your life and you will never experience a bountiful harvest!
There are many principles in the Kingdom of God concerning our harvest, but one of the first ones you need to look at is: What are you actually sowing and where? You might be asking God, “Where is my harvest?” And his response may be, “Where is your seed and what did you sow?