To Everything...There is a season...Turn, Turn, Turn

Too many believers are sowing wild oats throughout the week and then going to church on Sunday and praying for a crop failure. They hope their life-style won’t catch up with them, but of course, it always does.

Genesis 8:22 (NIV) 
    "As long as the earth endures,
    seedtime and harvest,
    cold and heat,
    summer and winter,
    day and night
    will never cease."

It's interesting how our culture can be so wrong about so much, and yet sometimes say something that rings true. When I was growing up, there was a rock group soon to become famous named “The Birds”. The hit song was called Turn Turn

Back in the days of awful haircuts....

Back in the days of awful haircuts....

The song was almost verbatim of a scripture from the bible. The scripture is about how God established seasons for everything:

Eccles. 3:1-2 (NKJV) 
    To everything there is a season,
        A time for every purpose under heaven:
    [2] A time to be born,
        And a time to die;
    A time to plant,
        And a time to pluck what is planted;

Here again this law will work for you or against you.  It is obvious that we reap what we sow, but what people do not want to come to grips with is that you always reap later than you sow.

Because we do not see results immediately, we either think we have gotten away with something wrong, or the good we did was to no avail.  Neither of those are true.  King David reaped a terrible consequence for his sin of adultery and murder, and yet another King Hesikiah reaped a great reward for his obedience, but they both came afterwards.

Farmers do not go out to their fields a week after they have planted ready to harvest.  When we sow obedience to the Lord we honestly reap a harvest…. Later.  Sometimes we reap it, but our children always reap it. I have been around long enough to know that no one, I mean no one, gets away with anything forever. Sometime it takes years and years.  The harvest may come in when you are over the hill.

Two old fellows were walking along the shoreline of a lake when a frog came hopping up to them. Creaking with age, one of the old-timers slowly bent down and scooped up the frog in his hands. As he stood there gazing at the frog, fascinated by its ugliness, the frog croaked, "Hey, mister! I'm not really a frog. If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess who will love  you passiontely." Startled, the old man slipped the frog into his pocket and headed on down the shoreline and for some time he and his friend trudged along in silence. "Well?" his buddy finally blurted out. "You gonna kiss it?" "Naw, I guess not," the first codger replied. "At my age, I think I'll have more fun with a talking frog."

The Lord gives us instruction on what to do as we wait for that harvest time to come.  He tell us to trust Him and act as though He is a faithful God.

Psalm 37:3 (NKJV) 
    Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Do not despair if it seems as though you have been doing the right thing and obeying the Lord and yet see little or no return on your investment. Since time began, godly people have struggled with those thoughts. However our God has made a magnificent promise about that, so that we will not give up.

Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) 
    And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart

Keep sowing good things.  Do not get discouraged if you have been sowing for a long time without results.  You will reap………..God promises it!