Don’t Stop Planting
Be Strong, Be Well — Sunday, August 23
The work of farming can be difficult and uncertain at times. Clearing the land of rocks and unwanted vegetation involves hard work. The type of soil (sand, clay, etc.) will be a factor in what and how crops will grow.
Cultivating and planting seed involves risks. Not all seeds will take hold and produce what is desired. Weather plays an critical role in the outcome of the harvest. Not enough rain, or too much rain will determine how much the farmer can expect to reap at the end of the season.
In the parable of the sower in Luke 8, Jesus compared the four different soils to the hearts of men and women, and whether or not they received and believed the message of the gospel. The majority did not, or if they did, it wasn’t profitable for long. Some seeds did take root and produced a great harvest.
As we consider our work of sowing the seed of the gospel, and experiencing a slim harvest, this could be discouraging to us. Rest assured the Lord knows. All He requires of us is to try.
Paul said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). Knowing God is the one who looks into the hearts of people, and He’s the one who determines the increase, should help us to relax and be satisfied with planting and watering.
“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5, 6). —Chris