Psalm 1:2-3 (NLT)
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Like trees planted along the riverbank, I love the depiction of faith growing my life into a majestic oak tree swaying in the wind along a quiet peaceful lazy river. You can almost see it like a Thomas Kinkade original. But the truth is life is not always so perfect. To look at life and all of its seasons through the eyes of God according to His Plan is a challenge. Some days I look back and see my past sure that it destroyed my future. Other days I look to the left or maybe the right and comparison gets me every time. There are those days when I look to the future and wonder if I have the patience to wait it out. Planting is tough. But the harvest is always worth it.
Many years ago, a friend shared what they felt to believe God’s Word for my life. He said, “The Lord was planting me like a post so that I would be immovable one day.” He went on to describe how in his mind he could see the Lord just “hammering” me into the ground. He thought it was funny. I wasn’t quite so amused. Who wants to hear such a revelation? God playing “whack-a-mole” with my head was not what I had planned. He was right. Over the last several years, God has planted me “like a tree by the riverbank”. I see the fruit that He is bearing in my life with each new season. I want to prosper in all that I do so I must be planted so deeply in Him that I tap into that which allows me to delight in Him even in seasons of dormancy or drought waiting for the next harvest to come.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Yes, even you. Whether you are a believer, not a believer, agnostic or atheistic – you have eternity planted in your heart. Unfortunately, not all seeds will grow. This is unfortunate when you consider all seeds are made to prosper. God makes everything beautiful in its own time according to His Plan and Purpose for our life. No one is born to fail or not succeed. Sin stifles and interrupts the process in our life. His Grace is sufficient for me and simply by believing that Jesus is more than enough for me, I open my life to the prosperity of God and tap into the river of living water hidden deep in my soul.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NLT)
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
There a season for every production in our life. A baby takes nine months to grow and develop in its mother’s womb if born too early or too late it may not survive. When you plant a seed in the ground it takes time to germinate and grow into a plant. If the plant is fruit bearing, it takes time for the fruit to blossom and mature to be edible and tasty. We don’t want to wait on the Lord or endure the seasons it may take to have all that God has promised. Impatience is human nature. We all struggle with such things. Whatever dream or vision that continues in your heart and mind is there for a season – maybe this season or perhaps another one. Waiting will always be a part of our process whether we are aware of it or not and whether we choose to or not. Everything has a season in our life even birth and death. We live by planting and harvesting. This is the act of prosperity that we long for. Too many times we plant nothing, yet still watch over a barren field wondering what went wrong. Or plant the wrong seeds and are bewildered by the harvest in our life. Today God wants us all to know and understand what He is doing because His Harvest is His Blessing that He is desperately trying to cultivate in our life. We must plant ourselves in His Presence so that we will prosper in every season just as He promised we would do.
Genesis 8:21-22 (NLT)
And the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”
Anyone and everyone has the ability to prosper. Believers and nonbelievers alike can prosper in any season. Seed time and harvest will occur as long as the earth remains despite the human race’s sinful condition. God promised this to Noah for all earthly generations. Some people have a natural understanding of how the process works and will prosper as if it is from the Hand of God. All good things are from God, but not always acknowledged. But the very same person who seems to have it all, may not have a prospering soul. They are never satisfied or content just really good “farmers”. You and I as believers have far greater potential in sowing and reaping because we are not affected by earthly seasons as some people are. The source of our life is Jesus Christ so we have the potential to be successful in everything we do. Success is not always immediate. It often requires us to wait but when you consider that the Lord is working every detail in our life for good – it seems that it might be worth the minor inconvenience.
Isaiah 32:16-20 (NLT)
Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field. And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest. Even if the forest should be destroyed and the city torn down, the Lord will greatly bless his people Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.
Wherever you plant – there you will harvest. Say it with me, “Wherever I plant there I will harvest.” If you only plant at church, you will only harvest in church. If you plant seeds at work, you will harvest at work. If you plant seeds at home, you will harvest at home. If you plant seeds throughout your life, you will harvest in life. What kind of seeds? Seeds of righteousness! Doing the right thing whether others do or not, having the right attitude, working for the Lord in every task you carry out. Putting the Lord first in every activity will cause His Prosperity to water those seeds and produce a harvest in that area.
Galatians 6:7-8 (NLT)
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
You will reap what you sow. I have heard that a thousand times in my life. When I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, He wrapped every seed in my life in His Grace so that I will not reap the consequences of my sin but I may have to take responsibility for past plantings. I can do this with confidence knowing that as long as I am alive I can continue planting the right kind of seeds in my life.
Leviticus 26:4-5 (NLT)
I will send you the seasonal rains. The land will then yield its crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit. Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land.
The storms of life should not be unexpected. The Lord told us that He would send seasonal rains. Prepare for them by making sure that your faith is attached to confident hope in the Lord so it will be an anchor for your soul. (Hebrews 6:19) The storm may come unexpectedly but we must always be prepared. Know this my friend, nothing is wasted with God. He takes the water in each raindrop and uses it to water our harvest in Him.
Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
Oak trees take a long time to grow. It is not an overnight process. Seeds in the field do not bear fruit overnight. Good things DO come to those who wait on the Lord. He is doing a mighty work in our life so be ready and willing to wait on the Lord.
Psalm 126:4-6 (NLT)
Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
There will be tears in your process. Planting can be painful. It is sacrificial taking what you do have and giving it up for the possibility offered in Christ. We do not see the harvest but sacrifice in planting anyway with no guarantee just a promise. Those who weep in their planting will sing in the harvest. Those who plant in tears will harvest in shouts of joy. Those who give their all will have a bountiful harvest that works its way from the inside out just because they chose to trust the Lord with all of their heart holding nothing back. There is pain in the processes of life. It is hard sometimes in the midst of a long wait. But it is always worth it when God finally sends the increase you have been waiting for.
Genesis 26:12-15 (NLT)
When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.
Isaac harvested a hundred times more than he planted because the Lord blessed him. What did his neighbors do? They filled up his wells with dirt. Do not expect others to support you in the process of prosperity. They will not encourage you to wait. They will not always celebrate your victory and become will be jealous of your prosperity in Christ. This did not stop Isaac. He just moved on digging new wells. You must be ready to move when God says move even if it means leaving some people behind to live in the fulfillment that the Lord has for your life. Do not live on the affirmation and acceptance of men because they will turn on a dime when success finds you. Dig your roots deep into the love, affirmation and acceptance of the Lord so that people take their proper place in your life. When your life is transplanted to the riverbank, you can love others needing nothing in return because you are completely satisfied in Him!
Psalm 107:33-38 (NLT)
He changes rivers into deserts and springs of water into dry, thirsty land. He turns the fruitful land into salty wastelands, because of the wickedness of those who live there. But he also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into springs of water. He brings the hungry to settle there and to build their cities. They sow their fields, plant their vineyards, and harvest their bumper crops. How he blesses them! They raise large families there, and their herds of livestock increase.
One of the most important thing that I have learned about sowing and reaping in the Lord is not to evaluate my field from a human perspective. What do I mean? I used to think that God would move me to prosper me. What I have found is that He is ready to produce a harvest right where I am! We must look at our life through the omnipotent power of God that can literally create something out of nothing at all. When we begin to turn every field in our life over to God no matter what state it is in – God uses it to produce His Blessing. Nothing is ever wasted when it comes to the Lord. He can produce a harvest in every area and aspect of our life surrendered to Him. Not every day will look like a Thomas Kinkade or Norman Rockwell original but it is a masterpiece of God designed just for you! Take full advantage of every resource you have and turn it over to God. He will increase it. The potential for greatness is not in the size of your field or condition of the soil just in our willingness to surrender it all to Christ. He will increase you today! Just keep planting…and stay planted!
2 Corinthians 9:10 (NLT)
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.