As the rain and the snow . . . [make the earth] bud and flourish . . . so is my word that goes out. . . .
Harvest is the conclusion of a long process of growth. In the spring, farmers plant seed in the ground. Over the course of the summer, God provides water and sunlight, causing the seeds to sprout and grow. Then, months later, the crop is mature, and the grain or produce is ripe for gathering.
Harvest is a time of celebration. As long as crops are in the field, they are vulnerable to damage from disease, animals, and harsh weather. But when harvested, the fruits of another year’s labors are safe.
The prophet Isaiah compares the work of God’s Word in our hearts to the growing season and the harvest. Just as it takes time for a crop to mature, so also it takes time for God’s Word to become established in our hearts. Some crops have a long growing season; others take less time to ripen. But the process of growth continues in each case. When we seek the Lord through his Word, when we turn to Christ in repentance and trust, we begin to see the Spirit’s work of bringing faith and hope to maturity in us.
Where is God bringing a harvest of righteousness in your life? Give thanks for the growth you have seen in this season and for the signs of God’s Word at work in your life. Also pray for continued spiritual growth and maturity in your and others’ lives.
Heavenly Father, send your Word into our hearts. Bring us to maturity. Weed out that which is sinful in us, and bring us joy in the work of your Spirit. Amen.
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