“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
There was a farmer who owned a field. All of his family inheritance was invested in this plot of land. While normally it yielded a plentiful harvest, lately it had been giving less than optimal returns. Last year his land had been hit by a storm and half the crop was lost. What’s more, he found out that his neighbor had been sowing weeds in his field, causing the farmer to lose valuable time getting rid of the weeds and helping the neighbor cut him out of the market.
He was low on money, low on motivation, and was growing impatient to see this year’s harvest. Then he had an idea. Rising early in the morning he set out for his field. His sons asked him what he was doing and he said he would tell them about it this evening. He came home later that night covered in dirt and exhausted. He then explained to his children that he had been out in the field all day pulling on the crops to help them grow faster. Pulling weeds, keeping away the birds, and watering simply was not enough. What they needed was help growing.
His sons were horrified and ran out to the field to discover that their father, in his lack of patience and acting on impulse, had completely destroyed the field.
I (Pastor John) have been brought back to this verse again and again. The LORD reminds me that He is the one who brings the harvest. He is the one that makes the crop grow. I have been called to labor in His fields and it is not for me to try and speed up the Lord’s timing. Let me remind you of the last clause of this promise, “We shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Another way of saying this is, “if we do not give up.” If you quit before the LORD brings the harvest, then you will not share in the blessings.
Pastor John Woolard