A Georgia farmer, ragged and barefooted, was standing on the steps of his tumbledown shack.
A stranger stopped for a drink of water and just to pass the time of day he asked:
"How is your cotton coming along?"
"Ain’t got none," replied the farmer.
"Did you plant any?" asked the stranger.
"Nope," was the reply, "afraid of bollweevils."
"Well," continued the stranger, "how is your corn?"
"Didn’t plant none," came the answer, "’fraid there weren’t going to be no rain."
The visitor persevered: "Well, how are your potatoes?"
"Ain’t got none. Scared - of potato bugs."
"Really, what did you plant?" pressed the stranger.
"Nothin’," was the calm reply, "I jest played safe."
Guess what his harvest was- poverty
Genesis 8:22 reads: “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night shall not cease.”
The harvest of whatever we sow in this life never comes immediately after planting. There are seasons in life, and the harvest never comes immediately.
An athlete does not become an Olympic gold medalist in a week.
Trees do not grow overnight.
Boys do grow into manhood in a month.
Wisdom isn’t gained overnight.
No, there are seasons in our lives. We always reap what we sow, but we reap it in another season. The law of sowing and reaping is always working. No one can not break this law, but this law can break a life. The law can work for you or against you.
Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap."
Since this is true, we can “plan” our futures by what we sow now. When we do evil and lightening does not immediately stike us, we think that somehow we have escaped the notice of the Almighty, but it is not so. If we choose God and do what Jesus said and the immediate response is just more difficulties in life, do not worry. The law of the harvest is working. The harvest has not yet come in.
Because we want instant gratification, we get frustrated when we do see results. For the Christian it seem like God takes a looooooonnnggg time for the harvest to come in. So we are challenged by the Lord again and again in scripture to wait on him.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.
My mother prayed for me for years, while I lived a hippie lifestyle. She kept sowing seeds of faith with her prayers and challenging me about the things of God. Truth was, I did not care and went on with my ungodly life. All the while the Law of sowing and reaping was at work. When the harvest finally came in for my mother in Ausitn Texas, this long blond haired hippie gave his life to Christ.
Often times I think that I continue to reap a harvest of things my mother prayed. Although every man stands alone in his accountability to the Lord, I recognize that some things she prayed for me happened long after she passed away.
You and I can invest in our futures and the future of those we love as we choose to serve Him.
Hebrews 11:6…for he who (A)comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Something you sow you may not to harvest for years. But the law will work for you. Just as surely as you sow you will reap.