How to plant during the droughts in our lives...

Genesis 8:22 (NKJV)   "While the earth remains,   Seedtime and harvest,  Cold and heat, Winter and summer And day and night   Shall not cease."

Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Failure can be miserable.  When we have planted a bad crop (bad decisions, bad relationships, bad money management, yielding to tempatation) and are now living in the harvest of that season, life can be depressing.  We want to throw up out hands a quit.

The problem is, we can let the failure of last year keep us from sowing good seeds this year. We have to realize that we can not do anything about last years’s harvest , but we can plant a good new crop for the future. So what do we do?  

Be honest about the failed harvest.  

One minister told of how  seminary students would  check their published grades posted on the school’s wall.  For students who did well he would hear, "I got an A".  But he would hear from those who failed, "HE gave me an F!" We hate admitting that WE planted the bad harvest.  The problem is He (God) resists (stand opposite and apposes) the proud (the person who refuses to get honest and admit their wrong) but gives grace (God bending over to help) to the humble. The only way out is to confess to God what you did and trust Him to do what he promised, forgive and cleanse.

Do not allow self pity to drain you of what you could plant today.  

God is always here.  He is always ready to help you. Michael Jordan did a basketball commercial where he walks in the arena and the people are chanting, “Michael! Michael!” He says, “I’ve missed 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and I have missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.” Then he says, “That’s why I succeed.”   The apostle Paul said it like this:

Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Plant today for tomorrow, regardless of what you are living though today.. The law of sowing and reaping will work for you.