It’s easy to celebrate and trust God when in a season of harvest. But do you trust that God is on duty even during the sowing season?
If you are in doubt, I assure you that God is on duty even during the sowing season when you are questioning when the time of harvest will arrive.
How do we know that God is on duty even during the sowing season?
Let’s begin with reading Proverbs 3:5-6, the focus of this message.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.
Are you in a seed sowing season or a harvest season? No matter what season you are in and experiencing, trusting God is critical for ultimate growth and success.
Fact: When you are in the seed sowing season, what this year has been for me, you may feel unsuccessful. You may feel tired of doing all the things with what seems like minimal results. Stress and pressure, desperation, and frustration may feel like the norm. But during these times, it’s important to recognize areas of growth and to trust that God is using this season to prepare you for the upcoming season of harvest.
How to approach and live in the seed sewing season
During the seed sowing season do not fall into a negative mindset and the temptation to doubt the Lord. He never leaves you nor forsakes you. He’s planted seeds and He’s nurturing them – if you are letting Him. Where many of us go wrong is we don’t trust and we don’t submit ourselves and our businesses to Him and His ways.
The emphasis here is on never leaving you nor forsaking you – God is so serious about this that we can find the phrase in Deuteronomy 31:8 and Hebrews 13:5, in both the New and Old Testaments.
Remember His ways are the best ways. Here we can refer to Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Scripture reminds us that God is on duty even during the sowing season
He has the wisdom we need. And He’s given us the Holy Spirit to provide it when we ask for it. You do not have because you do not ask God, reference James 4:2.
Matthew 7:7-8 also emphasizes this message –“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
The key is to ask from a place of trust. Ask that the Holy Spirit will help you see what you need to see. And ask for His help in trusting God’s plan and the work He’s doing in you in the present.
A season of harvest isn’t necessarily perfect
When in a season of harvest doubt can overrule positive thoughts and joy. Instead of enjoying the success, the influx of clients, and revenue, you may be thinking about where the next client will come from. Or, the thought I need more to pay the bills, or to hire a coach, etc.
God already knows what you need and He already has a plan for you. He knows exactly how He’s going to provide. Your job is to be a good steward of the gifts, monetary and otherwise, that He’s already provided. Therefore, thank Him for everything and trust Him with the future of your business (and life).
The most important thing you can do is to have a grateful heart. Praise God for what He’s already done, for the seeds He’s already planted, watered, and let spring to life. Thank Him for the harvest, large and small, that He’s showered upon you.
In both seasons, one of sewing, and one of harvest, the most powerful thing you can do is have a grateful heart and trust God. Avoid leaning into your own understanding. Your understanding will be polluted by human messages and the temptations of Satan.
Take action only after seeking His advice
Instead of leaning into your own understanding, ask for His advice and submit to His ways. Ask for and seek His advice. Then be patient and listen for it.
Leaning on your own understanding can lead to pride and ineffective action. We are called to humility but note that humility is not inaction.
When you submit to the Lord and ask for His help and guidance, knowledge, and wisdom, the Holy Spirit will give you the next right steps to take – whether sowing or harvesting.
This message reminds me of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
So friend I ask you, what season are you in? And what is your next right step?
My suggestion, something I’ve learned to adopt slowly but surely, is to pray before you answer and let the Holy Spirit guide you. Get still. Be quiet. And listen.
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