The word and prophecy – Part 11
Seedtime and Harvest
The principle of seedtime and harvest is one that we cannot do without in every area of our life. Everything God does on earth is anchored on the principles of seedtime and harvest. Genesis 8:22 says; “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
If you plant an orange seed, you will harvest an orange fruit. If you plant guava, you will get guava. The Bible says in Galatians 6:7
“Be not deceived; God has not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
You will not sow orange and go home praying to harvest mangoes. It’s what you sow you reap in years to come. God made all things to produce after their kind.
“And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind…” Genesis 1:25
You reap the “kind” that you sow.
Ecclesiastes 3:2 says, “A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”
Without seed time, it is impossible to have a harvest time. If you sow nothing, you get nothing. God can increase what you give a hundredfold but if you sow or plant nothing, then nothing multiplied by nothing is nothing. You don’t sow orange and go home praying for apple. It doesn’t work that way.
Can You Really Have Nothing to Give?
I have heard people say, ‘Pastor I have nothing to give’. That is not the absolute truth; it’s a lie from hell, a deception to rob you of your chance of a harvest. Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:11
“Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God”.
The human nature is a nature of greed and a sense of accumulation. It is common to say ‘I don’t have’. A certain woman of the wives of the prophet said the same thing to Prophet Elisha but for Prophet Elijah’s patience with her, she would have missed the opportunity for her harvest and a moment in the history of her life and family.
“And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil.” 2 Kings 4:2
There is always something to give. Do not be deceived. God is not dependent on whatever it is you offer Him but He is a God of principle. For you to experience financial growth you need to give and sow financially if not, you should not expect anything to multiply or increase. The story of the Samaritan woman shows us the heart of God. Jesus knew He is the living water but He still asked the woman at an obviously inconvenient period.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water” John 4:10-11
When God asks us to give, it is for our own benefit. It is to expose our present state and to show us He has something bigger and better for us.
How Are You Planting?
As a growing child, I always admire crops as they grow, from when planted to when the first shoot comes out of the ground, breaking its way through the hard soil, no matter how thick the soil may be. I still have an interest in agriculture, I remember as a student of Agriculture in the University, on our practical farm, some of us felt the plants had taken too much time to grow out.
In an attempt to find out what was wrong or why the seeming delay in sprouting, we dug up the seed to see if it’s growing and yes it was. The seed is faithful to grow, once planted it has the capacity in itself to grow, given a good environment. Sometimes, in our attempt to check if the seed planted is growing, we destroy the young shoot. What a tragedy!
Many of us still destroy our young seeds by acts inimical to the proper growth of our seed through many wrong words or acts and wrong expectations or even sowing the wrong seeds in good soil. It may grow but produce poorly. To have good production, therefore, the seed must be good not pest infested.
“A son honoureth his father and a servant his master: if then I am a father, where is mine honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 1:6-8
Through lack of patience and sowing the wrong seed, many great harvests have been killed. You should not plant your seed properly on good ground and then kill your harvest through lack of patience, lack of trust in God and in your seed or on the soil to grow. Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of pottage (which he would probably have received anyway) because of his impatience. He was quick to give a promise of his destiny for the meal. He saw the bowl of pottage his brother, Jacob had made and said
“And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?” Genesis 25:32
He wasn’t close to death but his impatience made him lose his place in destiny.
• Apostle Lawrence Achudume, Victory Life Bible Church Intl. Km 9, Olabisi Onabanjo Way, Opp. OGTV, Ajebo, Abeokuta, Ogun State. P.O.Box 1537, Sapon, Abeokuta 110001, Ogun State, Nigeria,W/Africa. www.vl-bcinternational.Org