“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” I was working with a student and I had to draw some lines. The student was surprised when my lines were perfectly straight, even though I didn’t use a ruler to make them. I had simply looked at my destination on the page and moved toward it in a direct path. I didn’t allow myself to be distracted from my project; I didn’t watch other people draw their lines; and I didn’t lament that my lines could never be as straight as I’d like them to be. I just set out to draw some lines and they were drawn perfectly in a direct manner. My student tried to imitate my lines on his own, but his lines were shaky because he had a hard time believing that he could make straight lines since he’d never made them before.
As I was praying about what the Lord wanted for me to share this week in the Lattereign, he reminded me of the lines and how that they could apply spiritually to my walk with him. I haven’t always been confident of the direction that the Lord wants me to take, and quite frankly, there have been times when I would be so frustrated with myself that I begged God to just tell me what he wanted me to do with my life so I could quit worrying about it.
At first, I didn’t understand why The Lord allowed so many problems in my life, especially since I was living for him the best I knew how. After a while, the Lord has helped me to understand. Much like the clouds heavy with rain and darkness, I have trials in my life. I don’t have a clue how to overcome them, but the Bible says that if I look at the wind, I’m not going to be sowing any seed.
In the natural or the spiritual the result is the same: if you don’t put forth an effort to plant; you will not reap a harvest! I must keep my eyes on Jesus and I must sow the seeds, because when I continue to look at the clouds in my life and worry about every thing that I can’t control; I am disobeying God; and how can he bless me if I don’t trust him to work all things for my good?
It’s a challenge to keep working when you don’t see instant results. Nevertheless, not my will, but thy will be done. The winds are terrifying, Lord! Nevertheless, not my will, but thy will be done. When the Lord commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel, he promised us that if we would “cast our bread upon the waters, that we’d find it after many days.” So, let the wind and the clouds gather; because God knows the beginning from the ending; and he will take us through any weather; even when we take our eyes off of our goal and lose confidence. May all your lines be perfect in him.
Keep sowing the seed, and let’s reap a harvest of souls.
“ Cast thy bread upon the waters: For thou shalt find it after many days. He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the morning, sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 11:1, 4-6; 12:13).
In this week’s Lattereign we celebrate another day that’s been given to us to worship the Lord. This is the day that the Lord hath made