Each day you sow seeds that will reap either a good or bad harvest.
Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
5 As you know not what is the way of the wind, or how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you know not the work of God, Who does all.
6 In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
While Ecclesiastes 11: 4-6 is not a true parable, the author Solomon uses the agricultural theme of sowing and reaping to help the reader understand sowing and reaping in the spiritual sense.
Jesus used many parables as He taught His followers what it would mean to truly follow Him. His teaching ministry lasted only 3 years, and He wanted to convey spiritual truths to them in a way that would make a lasting impression for years to come.
What Jesus taught was radically different from anything they had known before, and He would need to cement these radical truths and teachings in their minds. So He used everyday images and connections to help them understand what He was saying and begin to apply it to their lives.
Jesus was preparing them for the time when He would return to His Father and the Holy Spirit would come to lead and guide each person in a very personal way. This was definitely something they had never had before.
When I first hear or read something that is different from what I know now, the first thing my mind tries to do is tell me this new information is incorrect. It wants to protect me from being led astray.
Many times this is a good thing, but sometimes it can keep you from receiving a new understanding of something that could ultimately turn out to be the best for you.
This is why you always need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to show you if this new information is right or wrong. He always knows the truth and will never lead you astray.
The following is a great example of Israel desiring one thing and God desiring to give them something much better:
The Israelites wanted a physical deliverer to free them from Roman oppression. God had done this many times before by placing His Anointing on a certain person from one of the tribes of Israel. That person then became the leader whom God used to unite everyone in battle against the oppressing nation, resulting in their freedom for a time.
Now the Israelites expected things to happen in the same way as they cried out for deliverance again.
BUT…God wanted to do something that would help them live in freedom in a different way than they had experienced before.
This is a quote from the Barnes Commentary about this passage:
The images are connected chiefly with the occupation of an agricultural laborer: the discharge of rain from the cloud, and the inclination of the falling tree, and the direction of the wind, are beyond his control, though the result of his work is affected by them. Unforeseen events come from God; and the man who is always gazing on the uncertain future will neither begin nor complete any useful work: but do thou bear in mind that times and circumstances, the powers of nature and the results to which they minister, are in the hand of God; and be both diligent and trustful.
The Wesley Commentary says:
He who neglects the necessary works of sowing and reaping, because the weather is not exactly suitable to his desires will lose his harvest. In the morning – Early and late, in all seasons and occasions; do it speedily and continually, be not weary of it. Sow – Do all good works. With – hold not – From working or giving.
So just as the farmer cannot tell which of the seeds he sows will prosper, you don’t know which of your good seeds God will prosper. It is up to God what He wants to prosper and how He chooses to do it.
Your job is to sow good seeds each day and leave the results to God as to how he wants to grow and prosper those seeds you have sown. Don’t put God in a box and expect Him to only act in a certain way to meet a need or solve a problem. Be open to whatever way He chooses to handle things.
The Israelites expected God to solve their problem in the same way He had done it before; but God wanted to do something that would ultimately be much better. It would radically change their lives if they would accept it.
Don’t miss out on God’s Best because you refuse to be open to the way He desires to bless the good seeds you have sown. The Holy Spirit will be your guide to make sure you can always discern the truth about any situation.
Make the choice to allow God total control over how He blesses the good seeds you have sown!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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