The Law of the Harvest
Be not deceived; Yahweh is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:6-8).
As a farm child I became acquainted with the law of sowing and reaping at an early age. I remember my mother going along digging tiny little holes in the ground, and I followed her and carefully placed four kernels of corn in each hole. She believed a person planted one kernel for the cutworm, one for the crow, one to rot, and one to grow. Many people consider putting four seeds in one hill being wasteful, but she always got a good stand of corn. She said he that sowed sparingly would reap sparingly.
I enjoyed working with Mama in her garden. But if we were planting a large patch of field-corn, my back would get tired and I was glad when the job was done. But in reality, I only “thought” the job was finished. We had finished sowing, but I was too young to worry about harvest time until reaping day arrived.
I was excited when the corn began to produce; there was usually an average of four big ears of corn on each stalk. These were allowed to dry on the stalk or in the corn shed. There was more work involved in gathering than there had been in sowing. But with the whole family working together it was soon stored and as we shut the crib door, the job of reaping was finished, or that’s what I thought. But I soon found out how wrong I was; harvest time was not complete until the corn was shelled and some made into hominy. Some was taken to the grist-mill to grind into corn meal and grits. The rest was used to feed the chickens and the animals. There were a few blisters between the corn crib experience and the end of harvest.
My childish mind then wondered why we had to have so much corn. But when I was carrying my little sack of seed along making sure I made provision for the cutworm and the crow, there did not seem to be an awful abundance of kernels to deal with. But remember my mother never sowed sparingly.
I told my little story to point out that there is always more time spent reaping and more seed reaped than we realized at the time we were sowing. Though the sowing can be a delightful experience, it is not always true when it’s harvest time. Sowing and reaping one seed in the harvest of life can produce a burden that follows us throughout our lifetime.
Many present day ministers tell us that all we have to do is repent and turn our lives over to Yahweh and he will take care of our previous sowing. I disagree! I have been dealing with the law of sowing and reaping (cause and effect, action and reaction) for almost eighty years, fifty two years as a Christian) and from what I have observed the law of sowing and reaping is as sure as the law of gravity for both the saint and sinner. There is a difference though, because it is true that Yahweh will always be there with the healing balm of wisdom, strength, and courage for those who have turned their life over to him. But we sow and we will reap what we sow. This choosing and refusing goes on whether we are good or bad, Christian or non Christian and each little choice does make a difference in our tomorrows, that is why it is so important to become Holy Spirit led at a very early age.
I could use a lot of real life dramas and traumas to prove my point, but I do not want to embarrass anyone by relating their story. The high rate of divorce, delinquency, child abuse, parent abuse, medical bills, premature death, etc. that the average person deals with through personal experiences proves my point. Friends, family and acquaintance will also bear out my conviction. But the point I hope to make is that we were given power to have dominion (Genesis 1:26), and we were also given freedom to use that power. But we do not have the freedom not to use it. Our sowing can be good seed or we can be carelessly sowing seeds that are evil or unprofitable.
I want to share some scriptures from James 1:12-21 that will encourage you and build your strength.
“Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which Yahweh has promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of Yahweh: for Yahweh cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”
“Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of Yahweh. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Joshua plainly speaks about our freedom of action and choice: “Now therefore fear Yahweh, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye Yahweh. And if it seem evil unto you to serve Yahweh, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh.”
“And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake Yahweh, to serve other gods,” Joshua 24:14-16.
There is no way we can use these scriptures and teach that we are not responsible for our own actions.
There are two elements of sowing that makes it so necessary for us to keep a close relationship with our children so that we can have some influence on their decision making, because so many of our decision making (sowing our life’s harvest) is made early on in life, when fleshy seed is sown with good intentions. I am not suggesting we should dominate our children’s lives, but I am doing my best to make this one message be heard—influence your children’s lives toward seeking Yahweh in their daily lives. A good child can make a foolish decision without the help of the Holy Spirit. The other reason is if we lead our children to love Yahweh in their youth, they can and will influence other children and through their early life experience their youthful vigor and vim is profitable in sowing good fruit.
“For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting,” Galatians 6:8.
We hear ministers using the story of Pharaoh to prove that we do not have the freedom of choice. Therefore, they claim the law of sowing and reaping is null and void. But when we take into consideration that Pharaoh did not say, “I have been wrong, I will not only set the people of Yahweh free, but I will lead my people to serve Yahweh, for I know now that I am just a man and I am not a god.” Pharaoh was willing to let the people of Yahweh go to protect himself. But Yahweh had a two-fold operation working through Moses and Aaron.
Yahweh said to the Israelites, “I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou may know that I am Yahweh in the midst of the earth,” Exodus 8:22-23.
“And the Egyptians shall know that I am Yahweh, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them,” Exodus 7:5.
“Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goes out unto the water; and you shall stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shall you take in your hand. And you shall say unto him, Yahweh God of the Hebrews has sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto you would not hear. Thus saith Yahweh, In this you shall know that I am Yahweh: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters,” Exodus 7:15-17.
“And that thou may tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am Yahweh,” Exodus 10:2.
“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am Yahweh,” Exodus 12:12.
“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am Yahweh. And they did so,” Exodus 14:4.
“And the Egyptians shall know that I am Yahweh, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen,” Exodus 14:18.
In the story of Pharaoh we do not find a selfish god intruding upon the rights of a righteous leader, but we find a story of justified force. If Yahweh had allowed Pharaoh to back down, the Egyptians would have looked upon Pharaoh as a wise god and Pharaoh would have continued in his guise as their god.
Our ability to have dominion can produce a harvest of good fruits as well as bad, but we do not have to worry about the outcome of every decision if we are dedicated to righteousness. Remember, “…every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks,” Luke 6:44-45.
Yahweh does not judge actions when he is dealing with sin, he deals with motives. If we are in Christ, our sins are covered because our actions are birthed out of love. But if we are not born from above, all our actions are birthed from the realm of death because we do not see beyond self.