Harvest is best described as reaping but sowing must precede reaping. Life time is sowing time which drives and sustains future reaping. This is in the fulfillment of biblical principle stated in Gen. 8:22; that as long as the earth remains, seed-time and harvest shall not cease.
1. Harvest is much greater than the sowing.
2. Sowing can be done secretly, harvest is opened to all.
3. Good seed produces good harvest, likewise bad seed a bad harvest.
4. The sowing and reaping times are not same for everyone but can enjoy common benefits under a corporate anointing.
The Driving Factors of Harvest
1. Seed factor
A seed must be down before there can be a harvest. A seed has life with the ability to reproduce.
What qualifies as a seed in the life of a believer?
- Word/confession. Act 12:24, 19:20
- Thought. Titus 1:15, Pro. 23.7a, Phil. 4:8
- Deed. Psa. 28.4
- Giving. Luk 6:38
2. Faith factor
Faith is an essential factor. It is a belief system that dictates progress and life achievement. A farmer without seeing the rain goes out to cultivate the land in preparation another planting season; believing that rain will come. Our faith is rooted in God and his word as written in Phil. 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Faith is the divine strength for harvest. It builds a strong courage in us to overcome any challenges or obstacles.
The opposite of faith is fear. Many lives and destinies have been denied of harvest because of fear. Joshua and Caleb exhibited faith inspired of the seemly dreadful situation and they entered into the Promised Land.
Some of The Fears That People Exhibit
- Fear of failures
- Fear of people’s comments
- Fear of the unknown/uncertainty
- Fear of disappointment
- Fear of criticism
The truth is that what we fear most of the time will not happen. The Bible makes us to understand that fear has torment. Think about what would have happened if the great men in the Bible and even our contemporary world have allowed fear to overwhelm them.
“Face the thing that seems overwhelming and you will be surprised how your fear will melt away.”
— Dale Carnegie
3. Season factor
There is always a time to sow and a time to reap. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;”
What will be the outcome if a farmer tries to plant at harvest time or try to harvest at planting time? It will be an effort in futility. Is it possible that some of the challenges that man faces is inability to understand his times and seasons? How glorious will it be for a man to have this understanding?
Our God is in control of times and seasons with the absolute power to change them. This is one core area of His supremacy over mankind. He also gives this privilege to man according to the account of the children of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32.
The best place to be as a child of God is having an understanding of your times and seasons in the Lord.
The Benefits of Knowing Times & Seasons
- Help prevent making a lot of mistakes both now and in the future
- Help from making wrong turns and unwise decisions
- Help to make good and right decisions
- Guard against abandoning your purpose and divine assignment to chase shadows
- Help stay focused in spite of any oppositions and challenges
- Help live a more fulfilling and victorious Christian Life.
4. The Waiting Time factor
There is waiting time between sowing and reaping. Every farmer understands the process of germination, growth and maturity and abides by it for bountiful harvest. This brings about a waiting time and any attempt to short-circuit the process will lead to a wasted harvest.
The waiting time principle establishes the virtue of patience and perseverance. Many believers have missed their harvests due to failure to wait on God’s time.
We realize that the world is on the fast lane; developing systems and technologies to accomplish things fast. Likewise, the world celebrates fast achievers irrespective of the ungodly ways taken. In as much as there are quick successes orchestrated by God, we must never neglect the necessity and importance of waiting on God and begin to follow in the ways of the world.
God is never late and never too fast. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time.
5. God’s factor
This is the most important factor and the center of sowing and reaping. The duties of man in sowing and reaping exercise require the support of God. The grace to sow, exercise faith, recognize seasons and wait on him comes from God. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and do of his good pleasure.”
Above all, a farmer can do all his best and all that is required of him, it is only God that determines the quantity and quality of harvest. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 says, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
God is the final factor in harvest.