If you are in Nigeria, well in some parts anyways, the season of rain is upon us. Farmers, the diligent ones are up and about. Meanwhile, for some other professions, this might not be the best of seasons or at least a season they particularly look forward to.
One of the reasons the hardworking farmer looks forwards to and receives the rainy season with Thanksgiving is that it also heralds seed time. I understand that of course with irrigation systems, seedtime seems to be like anytime, but interestingly in the lifecycle of any crop, you can only sow it once, after which you expect to harvest and work daily in some cases to ensure and insure it.
And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
Permit me to draw your attention to the response of God to our obedience and committal to him in the above. He will send rain. This is important. For two reasons amidst many that I’d share.
First is that rain is proof of God’s commitment to your input, to your effort, to your investment, to your obedience. Notice He calls it the rain of your land. Thus even if others complain about a lack of rain, that won’t be your story because God can give your land, its rain.
Secondly, God is interested in your harvest. So not only is He responding to your commitment to him and also your investments and acts of obedience, he is interested in your harvest. He desires that you have a bountiful harvest. He says in essence, I’m going to send you your rain because in the days of harvest I would be pleased to see you gather in the products of your seed.
I would not labor to delve into what corn, wine, and oil stand for in this post. But at the very least, they symbolize a bountiful, fruitful, and rich harvest. And it’s going to be a gathering-in the Lord says.
It’s also important to recognize that there is a premise to this commitment of God, without which He is not under any bond or compulsion or obligation to act. You can’t bribe or force him.
You must sow. Otherwise.
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
You will beg in harvest. And you will have nothing.
The premise is clear. The pathway is clear. In the season of harvest, it would also be clear, who the sluggard is.