May 14 – 20, 2017
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NLT)
Have you met “The Now”? The Now wants to rule your life. It disguises as a friend, wanting you to make progress and succeed in life, when actually, all it wants to do is knock you off your path. It wants to put you on the run so that you never have the time to take a step back to consider a situation before jumping in and running away with it. “Everyone is doing it now!” It says.
The Now is always hanging around. When it sees that you’re getting really focused on your progress, it jumps out from the corner with a deceptive smile, wearing an innocent mask. It would usually come to you as bonafide, presenting to you a “now” option or an “urgent” distraction.
You’ve decided to engage in a healthy lifestyle so that you can lose the weight and continue on a healthy path. All of a sudden, you run into someone you know, who has just lost so much weight through a fad diet, and you think, “I want that! Let me just lose the weight first. I’ll start the healthy lifestyle later. In fact, it’s not going to be so easy not to eat all that lovely, sweet, white bread anyway.”
From the moment we are born, life begins its process of distracting us from being who we are; from developing ourselves to maturity to deliver the solution we were born with, to solve a problem in the world. One of its greatest tools is, you guessed right, “The Now!”
To effectively manage our lives, we must properly understand the word of God; we must rightly divide the word of truth. We must understand when it is time for a thing, and when it is just a disguised “now”
Proverbs 4:7 instructs us not to stop at getting wisdom, but above all to get understanding. However, The Now tells us that there’s no time for understanding, run with wisdom. Wisdom, in the story of the prodigal son, is that he will have an inheritance from his Father. Understanding say’s “but your Father has to die first before you get the wisdom, therefore time must pass.” However, The Now says, “you don’t have to wait till then, go ahead and get your inheritance now!” What was the boy’s result?
When a farmer plants a seed, it would be very foolish of him to go out immediately its morning the next day to check if it is time to harvest, won’t it? If the crops are not ready to be harvested yet, the farmer doesn’t plant more seed, does he? No, he cares for that seed, ensuring it has the right nutrients and the right environment to cause it to develop to maturity for harvest. But The Now says “now is harvest! Sow more seed to pull out your harvest.”
Also, if the farmer planted mangoes, and his neighbour planted beans, how wise would he be to expect his mango to be harvested at the same time as his neighbour’s beans. He must have known before planting the mangoes how long it would take for the mangoes to develop before they are ready to be harvested, and all the nutrients and the environment the mango seeds would require to develop for a harvest.
In other words, when you plant your seed, realise that there would be time for your seed to develop before your harvest is ready. But The Now tells us once you’ve engaged in seed time, your harvest is ready. Misinterpreting Genesis 8:22, we are told there’s a time to sow our seed but harvest comes at anytime. We need to understand that God uses systems and cycles and things we can understand in the earth to teach us about the kingdom; to teach us kingdom principles. And remember, life is governed by principles. We find spiritual principles being played out in earth as natural principles.
When the harvest is not immediate, we go into a frantic state of unbelief disguised as faith. Faith thrives on knowledge. Knowledge teaches us that with all our getting, we must get understanding. Understanding teaches us that when seeds are sown, they must go through development time before they are ready to be harvested – harvest time. There is something as harvest time according to the text. A farmer knows when it is time for him to harvest his crops, doesn’t he?
Dear Reader, when we want things done now, without allowing it go through the process, or allowing ourselves develop to handle it, we usually get distracted and knocked off our cause. If we are going to effectively manage our lives, we must be prepared for growth upon growth through wisdom, understanding, knowledge and planning.
I pray that you will experience growth upon growth in life. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!! Enjoy an amazing week!