“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:7-8 (KJB)
The farmer prepares the land, the ground where he is sowing a crop, then he sows the seed, and he waits.
What does he wait for? A harvest of much more than he/she has sown in seeds planted. Some call it a gamble or chance. I call it faith that is based on the basic promise of the rewards of sowing and reaping.
The deeds we do, good and bad, are as seeds we sow. The good seeds we sow will bring a harvest; but also the bad seeds will bring a harvest.
As I sit here writing this post it is raining. It is a blessing to the beef, dairy, and grain farmers around near and far. The reason I mention this is because it is August, and usually the month of August is hot and we are in the midst of a drought, or at least really dry. The farmer is very dependent upon the mercies and graces of our God and Father to even have a crop of hay or grains. Cattle need it to live and produce milk, and meat that is used by billions of people around the world.
The grain farmer waits for months to bring in the harvest from the seed he/she has sown; and the typical gardener as well waits for several weeks before they see a good harvest. The the average beef farmer produces more cattle through the cattle they have through reproduction, then when those calves are born, they wait until they reach the preferred weight, then they take them to the stockyards for sale to the meat packers. These also have waited several months.
Anyway, I hope you may be asking; it you do not understand where I am going with this; “What has this farming got to do with me?” You too are sowing seeds.
There are good seeds in your life’s living; and there are bad seeds in your life. If you have not been redeemed by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ your seeds are bad, and your harvest will be weeds and destruction (Galatians 6:7-8). Your harvest will be delayed too. Someone has said, “There are many sowing their wild oats, and then pray for a crop failure.” I understand that. There will, however be a harvest; one without great reward.
Good seed comes from the word of God through the Living Word who is Jesus Christ. There is a bountiful, beautiful harvest for all the good seed sown. Again there will be waiting. Believer, let us wait patiently for that harvest. We will not know how much, or how great until Jesus comes again; but we wait.
Waiting does not mean sitting down, and doing nothing. We must be all the more diligent in our labors for life, living, and our witness for Jesus Christ. Let us be faithful in our living to Jesus. He is coming, and could be very soon.