"Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope." – Unknown
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 9:7-14
The word of God is very clear on certain spiritual principles that release the provision of God on the earth. There is an on-going partnership between the spiritual and natural; between God and His children. The medium of exchange or divine currency that connects the abundance of Heaven with our needs on earth is faith in God and His word. The entire process of seedtime and harvest requires faith to operate smoothly in the lives of the saints. This fact was supported by the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 11:6 which states, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." There is a need for expectancy in order to reap one’s harvest from the Lord.
I believe that expectancy is one of the essential missing links in the lives of many wonderful saints who continue to sow ceaselessly without seeing the commensurate harvest. I operated in this state of not expecting any earthly rewards for the myriad of seeds sown in different areas of my life, especially financially, for a long time until the Lord drew my attention to the fullness of His word. I was among the ‘highly spiritual’ Christians who not only believed but confessed on a consistent basis that expecting a harvest to one’s sown seeds was not only a wrong attitude of worship but outright sinful. I believed that sowing my seed was the only component of the principle of seedtime and harvest and never expected multiplication and harvest from God. Just the mere thought of expecting a harvest was very scary until the Lord opened the eyes of my understanding to many scriptures including the following lessons from today’s devotional:
- The plowman should plow in hope and the thresher should thresh in expectation of the harvest – 1 Cor. 9:10(amp)
- The farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land and keeps a patient vigilance over it until it receives the early and late rains – James 5:7(amp)
- If seeds of spiritual goods are sown, it is a natural expectation to reap material benefits from the beneficiaries – 1Cor. 9:11(amp)
- God promised to re-pay with interest the one who gives to the poor considering such acts of generosity as loans – Pro. 19:17
- Good deeds such as fasting which are done in secret to the Lord are expected to be rewarded openly – Matt. 6:18
- God is behind the entire process of seedtime, multiplication and harvest and we must expect the harvest in order to continue sowing to His purposes on earth – 2 Cor. 9:10
I realized that miracles are brewed in the crucible of expectation because it is impossible to please God without faith and the one who comes to God must believe that He is; in other words, such a person must have an expectation from God. Don’t negate the law of seedtime and harvest with negative confession and doubt. Expectancy must precede your divine harvest because that is the breeding ground for miracles. Most of the notable miracles in the past and now always take place in the atmosphere of expectancy including: Acts 3:1-8; Acts 14:8-10; 1 Kings 18:41-46; 2 Kings 5:10-14; and Mark 5:25-34.
I exhort you to remain in a state of expectancy by faith as you await your harvest. Continue to remain strong in the Lord and His word because we serve a God who always exceeds our expectations as He declared in Ephesians3:20, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."
Memory verse: So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains. – James 5:7(amp)
Rev. Dr. Isaac Paintsil ©