James 5:7 (ERV) – Look at the farmers. They have to be patient. They have to wait for their valuable crop to grow and produce a harvest…
When you tell your child you’re going to do something for them or take them somewhere, they will keep reminding you until you do what you said, but as children of God, we give up too easily. After a few tries, we become weary and stop asking because we don’t think God is going to do what He said. We believed Him when He initially said it, but there’s an enemy called ‘time’ that keeps telling you that God is not going to do what He said – that if He was going to do it, He would have done it by now.
Let’s look at three things that every believer can learn from a farmer:
1. A farmer doesn’t wait for perfect conditions (Ecclesiastes 11:4). He just does what he knows he is supposed to do. One of our biggest problems is we think too much about doing something before we actually do it and so we think ourselves right out of doing what God told us to do. When the prophet sent a messenger to Naaman to give him instructions on how to get his healing, the bible says that Naaman went away angry and said, ‘I thought Elisha was going to come to me, call on the name of the Lord, wave his hand over the area of leprosy and heal me’. He thought, ‘How can dirty water make me clean?’ God only commanded us to obey Him. Trying to figure things out may cause you to miss out.
2. A farmer sows by faith, not by sight. He doesn’t see any leaves or fruit, but he believes he will see it before he sees it. What you are praying for and believing God for can only be received by faith, not by sight. You must believe that the sent word is a sure word and it will not return empty (Isaiah 55:11). Genesis 1:3 tells us ‘And God said…and there was’. When God was finished speaking, He rested. When you say what God is saying, know that it was – not ‘it’s going to be or it will be’. You may not see it in the natural yet, but in the spirit it is already done. Now rest in the word God gave you.
After a farmer sows, he doesn’t walk away wishing and hoping something will happen, but he works faithfully between seedtime and harvest. He waters it. Every seed needs water. You must water what you’ve planted. Your seed may have been prayer, worship or a financial seed. Now that you have planted your seed, water it with thanksgiving. Thank God that it’s already done. Between seedtime and harvest, be faithful in prayer, confess the word of God, give thanks and obey God daily. Do not grow weary or tired in doing what is right.
3. A farmer has long patience (James 5:7 KJV). They don’t know the exact day or hour when they will see a harvest, but not knowing doesn’t keep them from sowing. Because the seed is buried, a farmer cannot see the process the seed goes through, but he has faith that the process is working together for his good. I know it seems like the process is taking too long, but remember: A seed has to die before it can produce fruit. God is not withholding no good thing from you, but your good thing takes time to grow. Wait for it.
No matter how much the weather changes, the word of God will remain the same. Weather conditions may cause a delay, but the word God has spoken shall not die and it will not be delayed any longer. It shall come to pass, but don’t give up on the seed, the word and the promise God gave you. You are God’s child. Put your Father in remembrance of His word.
Just like you, your seed has a destiny and it will not remain the same.
It is about to become something.