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The Due Season

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9, KJV).

The Kingdom of God is undergirded by important principles that should be understood and assimilated to produce fruits in the believer’s life. One of such principles is the law of planting and harvesting. Ecclesiastes states that, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). Again, in Genesis 8:22, scripture confirms, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest…shall not cease.” To appreciate the depth of the principle of planting and harvesting expounded in the word, it must be seen in the light of an agricultural setting. A farmer does not plant seed and suddenly harvest its fruits. It takes time, rain, the right atmospheric conditions and constant care before the seed grows into a fruit bearing tree. Patience (consistency), is a virtue which cannot be overlooked as we await the harvest of our planted seed. It is for this reason that Paul, the apostle, in the opening scripture, admonished the church at Galatia not to be weary in well doing. He recognized that there is always the proclivity to feel weary when the harvest tarries. The apostle never ceased to encourage the church to continue in well doing. To the people of Thessalonica, he said, “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.” (1 Thessalonians 3:13).

 

Beloved, this is an important principle you must embrace; never get weary. You must understand that in the fullness of time, your harvest would be evident. “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth…” (Ecclesiastes 11:3). It may take time to see the harvest, but do not give up. In the due season, the clouds will empty themselves upon you. Peter, a disciple of the Lord Jesus, reminiscing all they had lost for the sake of the kingdom said to Jesus, “…Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. Jesus, knowing the principle of sowing and harvesting, said unto him, “…Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” (Mark 10:28-30). This assurance was not only to Peter but to all who would ever lose anything for the sake of the kingdom.

 

Joseph, the son of Israel, was a man full of good deeds. However, it seemed all his good deeds were rewarded with evil. When he went to check the wellbeing of his brethren, he was rewarded with slavery. While a slave in Potiphar’s house, his dedication paid off as a prison sentence because of the evil intent of Potiphar’s wife. His life seemed to be one trouble after the other. Nevertheless, the scripture remains sure. In his appointed season, he was rewarded. “He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the lord tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.” (Psalms 105:17-22). Like Joseph, remain constant in doing the things you do and your season of harvest will be a glorious one.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24). According to the truth of this scripture, every seed planted goes through a period of death before bearing fruit. Any time you plant a seed, do not regret in your heart or wish that you had it back. Release it, let it go through death and await your sure harvest. You may have sacrificed greatly to plant a seed in a particular season and it appears the harvest will not show forth. Assure yourself, “my harvest is on its way!” The Psalmist asserted, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalms 126:6).

 

Beloved of God, your time of rejoicing awaits you. Do not be weary in well doing for in due season you will reap a great harvest. Until then, keep sowing. The bountiful harvest awaiting you shall cause men to wonder. Walk in this reality. Shalom!

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