At harvest time, a farmer’s entire focus is on getting the crop in from the fields. Ripe produce will spoil if left in the fields too long. Jesus challenged His followers to be similarly aware of the spiritual harvest around them. Like a hardworking farmer, we must remain diligent and focus on reaching out to the people God has set before us. I wonder what “fields ready for harvest” are before you and before me? May we heed Jesus’ loving instruction: “Open your eyes and look at the fields!” (John :4:35)
Prayer: Open my eyes, Lord, to the field You have set before me. Prepare me for the work of harvesting and give me joy in serving You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Daniel confidently proclaimed God’s sovereignty over time and circumstance when he declared, “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them” (Daniel 2:20-21). And Acts 14:17 reminds us that the changing seasons are a gift from above: “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons.” Just as there are seasons of the year, there are also God-ordained seasons of life. Often there is success, sometimes there is failure. There are seasons of health and seasons of sickness, seasons of certainty and seasons of doubt and disappointment. There are happy days and lonely nights. Happy are they who find joy in every season of life. God knows where you are today and He knows where you will be tomorrow.
Elizabeth Elliot says in her book Discipline-The Glad Surrender: “Time management, a highly developed science today, begins for the Christian with time set aside for God. Other things cannot fall into a peaceful order if this is omitted.
No matter how busy your life is right now, there’s no reason God has to take a backseat. There are 24 hours in a day. Surely there are things you can score out of your schedule to make time for God. If you say, you are too busy for God, there’s something wrong. Try spending a few minutes with God each day. You will be truly strengthened and rejuvenated.
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Galatians 5:22-23 ‘The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.’
They say that you can tell the type of tree by the fruit that it produces. The Lord wants our lives also to be productive and fruitful. When we are guided by His Spirit and when we abide in Him, wonderful fruit is produced in our lives.The fruit that He produces in our lives can have great effect on those around us.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive Your Holy Spirit in my life. Come and work within me so that I may abide in You and bear the fruit that you desire in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Has there been a delay in the answer to your prayer? Do you get impatient with God, crying, “Where is my miracle? Why the delay?” If so, you are missing the point. The Lord is trying to build your faith. He wants you to trust Him no matter what. He wants you to know He still has His eye on you! Imagine what Mary and Martha would have felt when the Lord delayed in coming! Oh, what lies satan must have whispered: “It’s no use. It’s too late.”
Jesus knew everything. When He saw the fear, despair and grief on the sisters’ faces, He told them, “if you believe, you will see the glory of God” John 11:40. I believe Christ was saying to them and is saying to us today: “It is not enough to walk with Me, call on Me, you must also trust in Me. You must believe I can bring life out of death.”
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. Proverbs 3:5-6
Why don’t things turn out the way I want? Why do I have to be the one to suffer when everyone around me are seemingly happy? Sometimes, we wish we could write our own story! Maybe, today nothing makes sense in your life. Everything seems to be just a heap of ashes. But our God makes beauty out of ashes. He can use your broken life to bring healing and hope to someone who is going through similar paths. Oh that we would trust Him even if the twists and turns never make sense this side of heaven. That’s what trusting God is all about. The dark places are simply opportunities to trust that God knows best and He can write a better story, more than you can ask or think.
‘Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.’
Living a life of praise is what you were designed to do. There may be many reasons to moan and complain. But God is still in control and He can be trusted. So, let’s praise the Lord today and let’s exalt His name together.
PRAYER: Lord, I have decided that I will live a life of praise. So right now, I take this moment to praise You and to lift up Your wonderful name. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Faith is an essential element of our lives. We need faith as we face the different seasons and the change that they bring. But in all this we can expect and believe God for a breakthrough.
Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. We need to be full of faith and expectation that at any time God could come through for us and that as a result we will experience a breakthrough! The people in the Bible who God used, were known for their faith and expectation in God. Hebrews 11:2 says, Men of God in days of old were known for their faith. Let us be people of faith and expect great things from God.