Due Season – A Devotion

Due Season

Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 (NKJV)

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know what is the way of the wind or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

It’s my season. No, really I believe that it is my due season. The Word of God promises that if we sow in the morning and do not “withhold your hand” or keep your seed that you will prosper from one or both activities. Seed put in the ground is guaranteed by God’s Word to grow and prosper in our life. Those who consistently sow certain seeds will be blessed in season and out of season. God made the seasons. (Genesis 1:14) He predestined each one to hold certain blessings for His People. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) He ordained a proper season for every activity in life. So if we sow seed in all seasons, God will prosper us. There is a warning for those who look to the world to determine the proper season to plant. In the New Living Translation, Ecclesiastes 11:4 reads “farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant, if they watch every cloud, the never harvest.” God created the seasons but not to limit our potential to prosper. He promises in His Word that if we will plant and water the right seeds, that He will give us increase. (I Corinthians 3:6-7) So where is my blessing? Why am I not seeing the harvest that I thought God would send? Seed left in the barn will do nothing but rot. It must be put in the ground or sown to grow, multiply and prosper. There is no need to rush out, dig a hole and stick fistfuls of cash in the ground. Money is not the answer to our problems. Jesus Christ is. If we learn to plant the right seeds, we will have the right harvest in due season.

Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. The first important task is to decide the increase that you want in your life. I used to think money would solve most of my problems and at least ease the burden of the rest. That is until money could not heal our son of cancer. Then it was clear that money held no precedent in our life. Yes, we need money for the economy in which we live. However, I do not have to invest all my time and energy cultivating cold hard cash to have the prosperity of God in my life. The dollar is depreciating in value. The dollar that I have in my wallet today is not worth the amount of gold that it once was. It is simply a means to an end. Do not worry the Word of God reminds us. Do not worry about what to eat, drink or wear. Why? Because God knows that you need all these things. But seek the Kingdom of God first because if He knows that you need it than He already has it. The seed that the Lord is after from you is not what you think. He wants three kinds of seed in our life. When we decide to plant and water the seeds that the Lord requires then we will have the increase that we desire.

Mark 4:14 (NKJV) The sower sows the word.

 

Talk about straightforward. The seed that God desires in our life is His Word. His Word holds the Kingdom Potential we need to prosper in this life. Trouble is not too many people spend any time gathering God’s Promises from His Word to plant them in their life. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My Mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11) The only seed guaranteed to grow in our life is the Word of God. If you can find it in His Word, then you can have it in your lifetime. His Promises prosper in our belief. If we believe that His Word is true, then we will “plant” them in our life, nurture them and watch for it to grow into exactly what He promised rather than ripping it out of the ground to early or abandoning it to compromise. God’s Promises are for you. It is the seed you need to have everything He promises that we can have in this lifetime and forever. It doesn’t matter how things look around you, the circumstances of our life or our present situation. God’s Promises are for you and I every day, all day according to the Kingdom. We must plant God’s Word in “good soil” of a “fertile heart” ready to receive and conscious to grow in godly wisdom and His Grace. (Matthew 13:23) This makes every day our due season.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (NKJV)

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.

 

God desires seeds of righteousness to be sown in our life to produce the Fruit of His Spirit. “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” and anything else that that “against such there is no law” are the things that God wants to produce in our life today. These are things that are factors of our peace covenant with God. As we learn to live in right standing with God leaving sin and darkness behind us to live in His Glorious Light the things that once seemed of vital importance pale in comparison to the Light of His Love that gives us all the things that money cannot buy in life. “Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12) Prosperity is a heart condition. You will not prosper in the natural until your heart and soul prosper. Seeds of righteousness produces a life of total satisfaction in every season.

Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

 

Human shortsightedness keeps us from seeing past our everyday need for constant gratification to pursue personal satisfaction. Faith is all about hope. It is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of the unseen. (Hebrews 11:1) I do not need faith for money because truth is if I go rob a bank I can have it. I can apply for a loan and get a lump sum of it. I can work overtime and my paycheck will result in more dollars. The hope that I have in Christ requires seeds of faith because it is not seen in the nature but perceived in the spiritual realm of our life. I have also found that when I am not worried about our finances or trying to figure out our budget for the next six months that I always seem to have enough. When sickness and disease came calling, suddenly I didn’t care about our bank account any longer just the healing power of God for our son. I focused on cultivating a different kind of harvest in my life. I began to dig in the Word of God and extract little seeds. I stopped worrying about all the details of this life to plow the hardness of my heart and step into right standing with God pursuing a closer relationship each day just to survive. Finally, I realized that faith is all about the confident hope that I have in Jesus Christ not for today but for forever. These are the seeds that God desires in our life to produce a harvest of prosperity that will satisfy our souls. Living in the Presence of God and positioning our life to prosper in holiness will produce the blessings that we are after. (Ezekiel 34:26-30) It is part of the peace covenant that God has given those who call on the Name of Jesus. Today is your due season. The Lord is ready to do everything that He promised to do in your life. Will you sow the right seed to get it?

Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

 

This is our due season. The word “due” means owed at present; rightful, proper and fitting; adequate or sufficient; and expected to be ready. This describes every season of our new life in Jesus Christ. The word “season” means “a period of the year when something is available because of certain conditions.” The Word of God is clear. If we plant and water the right seeds in every season that God will increase our life. (I Corinthians 3:6-8) It is our due season according to the Word of God. Those who decide to plant even in tears will harvest great joy! (Psalm 126:5-6)

Galatians 6:8-10 (NKJV)

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

 

Are you tired and weary of doing good? Does it seem like you work so hard and never get ahead? Have you been following the Lord but not experiencing His Blessing? It is time to inspect the seeds that you are planting in your life. Do not waste your efforts on the things of this world, focus on the things that matter in the Kingdom of God. Only the Fruit of the Spirit will satisfy your soul. He knows your every need and has already provided. You just have to be where He is to have it. The Word leads you to Him, righteousness keeps you close, and faith produces more than you could ever think to ask for. These are the seeds worth sowing in our life. Those who choose to sow in the Spirit will have eternal life. This will be your due season if you do not give up. God is perfecting all that concerns you because less than His Best is never enough. (Psalm 138:8) Everything is going according to His Plan which is a good one with a future and hope reserved for those who pursue Him wholeheartedly. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) And finally God is taking every detail of your life past, present and future working them into His Goodness according to His Great Love for us. (Romans 8:28) Nothing is wasted when you live in due season.

Psalm 145:15-16 (NKJV)

The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

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