DAY 25: PLANT TODAY, THEN BE PATIENT FOR THE HARVEST
“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.” PSALM 126:5-6 (NLT)
The time to start planting is now. I talk to people all the time who say, “One of these days, I’m going to …” They’re going to serve more when they retire. They’re going to give more when they get a raise. Whatever it is they’re going to do more of, they’re going to do it “one of these days”. But “one of these days” becomes none of these days.
Don’t wait for things to get better; start planting seeds now. Why? Because the sooner you plant, the sooner you will enjoy the harvest.
But the harvest will not come according to your timetable. There’s always a delay between planting and harvesting. You plant in one season, and harvest in another. You have to be patient and not give up! The Bible says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT). The results will come, but they will come slowly and as a part of a process.
What should you do in the meantime? Forget about last year’s crop failure. Instead, focus on the long-term harvest in your life.
What loss have you been grieving over? Maybe you’ve lost a loved one. Maybe you’ve lost your health. Maybe you’ve lost your job, or savings, or your retirement. Maybe you’ve lost your dream. Mourning is ok; complaining is not. Instead of complaining, you need to plant a seed, because nothing grows until a seed is planted. Whatever you need more of, you need to give away. Don’t wait for “one of those days.” Today is the day to plant the seed. The Bible says, “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” Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT.)
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.