Daily Devotional – 9/7/16 “Don’t rush your harvest!”

The bible says in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” This means, you have to wait. Yea, I get it. You look at unbelievers and see them prospering and all they ever do is wrong but you can’t base your harvest time on theirs because you don’t know what they’re planting or what they’re harvesting. If the truth shall be told, there are a lot of believers who are still doing wrong and still prospering, however you CANNOT base your harvest time on how you see them reaping either. See, you are only seeing what ‘they’ want you to see. Yes, it looks good but you don’t see the hell they have to deal with in the confines of their homes. All you see is the prosperity and smile but you don’t see the many nights they are crying and screaming for God to make it end nor do you see the many around them who have to spiritually war on their behalf, daily, just to keep them sane. Don’t you realize that folk can mask their entire life? Baby, there are pastors who are depressed right now, yet they stand Sunday after Sunday preaching over you. There’s a teacher, somewhere, who showed up to teach your child and she’s a functional alcoholic, hiding the pain of being molested by her daddy. There’s a soldier in their barrack, at this moment, contemplating suicide yet their Facebook page is filled with smiling photos. Somebody is praying for you yet their house is in turmoil.

This is why you can’t rush your harvest based on your neighbor’s reap schedule. They could be reaping hell because they pulled too quickly on that new relationship. Don’t be quick to speed up your harvest because your sister is reaping the benefits of her job. What you don’t see are the thorns that are pricking her every day. Don’t rush your harvest because you see their church reaping when the majority of the apples in the bunch are burdens. Don’t miss getting the best of your harvest by speeding up the time needed for it to grow. If it were that easy, we could all plant today and reap tomorrow. Beloved; plentiful, fruitful harvest takes time. God’s time, not yours. Ecclesiastes 11:1, says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” It takes time. It takes time for a baby to grow, it takes time to heal, it takes time to grieve, it takes time to build, it takes time to save, it takes time to reap and believe it or not, it takes time to tear down. So don’t rush to reap your harvest when it may not be ripe enough to eat!

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