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Thursday, September 16, 2021
Who's driving this team?
With my ubiquitous suspenders and straw hat I just may pass for being Amish!
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Message summary: Today we focus on an exhortation and promise.
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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).
We shared some photos yesterday of the corn harvest across the road from our house. By late afternoon yesterday the harvesters had finished the field and it now looks like it has a flattop haircut!
Watching them I had a hankering for some harvest-like work to acquire some Vitamin D from the sun so I mowed my lawn! However working on a 50 inch Cub Cadet lawn tractor is not quite the same as laboring with the huge equipment in the field across the road. I waved to the drivers of the harvest trucks overflowing with corn silage as they passed by. I wonder what they thought of the big guy on the little tractor?
I like the sights, sounds and smells of harvest time. How many of you have had the sensory experiences to know what I mean? You may even feel some of the corn shucks blowing in your face or get a taste of straw or some other plant debris.
The scene prompted some reminiscing when I worked on a harvest crew on farms in southern Missouri right after we got married. I worked from early afternoon through the early morning hours when I finally returned to my new bride, bone-tired and exhausted, only to get up and repeat the next day. That's the way the harvest works. That hard work had a formative impact on who I am and I realize that God used that season in my life for a purpose.
Harvest is used throughout the Bible beginning in Genesis, normally to describe the agricultural reaping of crops as we still use the word today. But in the New Testament it is often used in a spiritual sense.
Jesus had a prayer request concerning the harvest: "Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field" (Matthew 9:37,38).
Today we focus on an exhortation and promise in our daily text: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).
The Exhortation: "Let us not become weary in doing good." Literally "lose heart". This word was used of the farmer who was tempted to slacken his exertions because he had become so weary as a result of his prolonged effort.
"While Paul repeatedly emphasizes that one cannot win God's favor by doing good deeds, on the other hand he never tires of calling God's people to do good deeds. Indeed (pun intended), good deeds are one of the purposes for our salvation and also one of the clearest indicators that our faith is genuine" (From Precept Austin commentary).
The Promise: "for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." The proper time is also translated "due season". This will be at God's appointed time, not ours! "Reap" conveys the picture of cutting ripe grain and gathering the bundles together. Paul does not give us specifics of what this harvest is. He only guarantees a sure return on our investment, relying on that certainty to motivate us to seize the opportunities God gives.
Are you weary or discouraged today? "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, there is great celebration during the harvest season for those who worked together in preparing the field, sowing the seed and managing the growing crops to ensure optimal yields. Then comes the hard work and joy of the harvest. While physical crops are vital to our earthly life spiritual crops are vital to our eternal life. Jesus tells us to open our eyes and look at the fields that are ripe for harvest making the sower and reaper glad together as their labor of spreading the gospel brings forth fruit that lasts not just for a season but for all eternity, since the Scripture says that everlasting joy will be upon the heads of the redeemed. Praise the Lord, amen!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Field Of Souls" Video Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
I enjoy the story-telling aspect of country music and although these songs do not have a Christian message they sure have some colorful, descriptive lyrics.
"Harvest Time" Video Luke Bryan
"Here's To The Farmer" Video Luke Bryan Dedicated to our farmer friends, Galen and his son Daryl and their farm hand Ken.
Today we will share some of our photos through the years of harvest time here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Harvest time on Kraybill Church Road!
Our Amish neighbor had these wagons loaded ready for transport to the barn.
See here for a larger version of this photo with Scripture verse.
For some of you this will bring a memory of freshly cut hay, especially alfalfa.
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We like the background in this hay harvest photo.
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Can you identify what these old-order Mennonite farmers are harvesting?
I am not sure what they are harvesting but it looks like Broccoli.
We drove by the Hursh farm on Colebrook Road this morning and they have filled their trailers once again this year and they're ready to go to market, probably for tomato sauce. But every year we can't help but think about the tomatoes on the bottom of the pile and wonder how they withstand the weight on top. One year we got behind a tomato trailer in our van and watched as the tomato juice dripped from the wagon. The Hursh's also grow large tomatoes in their greenhouse and sell them at their produce stand. What a blessing in our neighborhood to have three produce stands where we can get salad greens, peppers, onions, flowers, tomatoes, corn, and watermelons (seedless for $1.00).
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This morning I visited with a young man who was celebrating his birthday. I asked if he had a spiritual nugget to share on his birthday and he quoted, "It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect" (Psalm 18:32). I recall that this verse was placed to music years ago in the Scripture Memory Series. Video
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