Seedtime and Harvest


Many folks are busy in their fields and gardens planting seeds - getting ready for spring. We plant seeds and just take it for granted that they will come up and produce a bountiful harvest.

In Genesis 8:22, God established the law of seedtime and harvest. It states, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” This not only applies to literal seeds but to everything in our lives. Everything we do plants a seed -- what we say, how we treat others, what we eat, etc. Therefore, we reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

If we sow seeds of bitterness, anger, and strife, that is what we will harvest. Likewise, if we sow seeds of love, concern, and kindness, that will be our return. Whatever we sow into the lives of others will come back to us many times over. That is how a seed works. You never only harvest one thing for each seed planted. Seeds multiply, and the harvest is always much greater than the seed that was sown.

This principle is a sobering thought -- one that should keep us on our toes and ever conscious of what we are saying and doing. Just as in our garden or field, the harvest does not necessarily happen immediately. The same is true in our lives. We often have to wait for the harvest. Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Therefore, be encouraged! Keep planting those good seeds and in due time you shall surely reap the rewards of your faithfulness. What kind of seeds are you sowing?

(Bible verses taken from the NKJV)

This article was published in the March/April 2008 issue of Wild Boar USA magazine.