Scriptures: Matthew 9: 36-38
Our reading of the harvest brings thoughts of a farm. For a farmer everything rises and falls on the harvest; at harvest time everything else becomes secondary. Why? Because the harvest waits for no man. For the farmer the harvest is the happiest time of the year.
Jesus said: "The harvest truly is plenteous." Jesus was declaring that many people are ready to give their lives to Him, but the laborers are few! Jesus desires harvesters! A church without laborers for the harvest is a church without joy!
In His Word, Jesus shows us that He is not pleased with fishing without catching, empty banquet tables, sowing without reaping and a missed harvest!
There was a story of a man named Recall Sirolli, "an economic development expert who went to Zambia to teach the locals how to grow tomatoes. When these huge tomatoes became ripe one night 200 hippos came out of the river and they ate everything: the harvest was gone! " Not only can we miss the Harvest, but the Harvest can be stolen by another.
The harvest is ready now and plenteous! We must lift up our eyes and see! People are desperate for the good news! There is a great danger of others stealing the harvest. Jesus has a "help wanted" sign for the church: who will go into His harvest? Who will go and work in His fields? Who will go fish for men and women? Who will fill up His banquet tables? We must go quickly for the hippos are coming! Remember the hippos will devour everything.
Scriptures: Numbers 23:19
When we put our hope in things or people which lack the resources or abilities to fulfill our expectations, we can become discouraged. God not only has made great and precious promises to us, but He has the ability to follow through on every single one of them. Do you know how many promises are in the Bible? There are approximately 30,000! Ever heard the old saying: " you can't break God's promises by leaning on them!" Lean on! God wants us to lean on His promises and count on them.
God keeps His promises. Matthew 28:20: "I will be with you," Jesus sticks close to His people, even during the darkest hours of life. Psalm 27:14: "I will strengthen you," the Lord will strengthen your heart. Psalm 71:21: "I will comfort you," the Lord will comfort you on every side. He will turn to comfort you when you are weak. Psalm 4:8 and Psalm 29:11: "I will bless you with peace." The Lord will give you a peaceful sleep and He will bless His people with peace.
Put your hope in God He has the resources and abilities to meet all our needs. God keeps His promises!
Scriptures: Lamentations 3:21-25, Deuteronomy 7:9
To say God is faithful goes to the very core of who He is. God's faithfulness means that each attribute in His character is working at full capacity at all times. His love never fails: because He is faithful. God is holy: because He is faithful. He is loyal, trustworthy, steadfast and always true to His children.
Right now you might be dealing with strong feelings and thoughts: like maybe life is against you or that you have entered into a dark place. You could be struggling with mental pain: no matter what you try you cannot find a release. It seems like people don't understand what your going through: you feel like giving up.
It's time to reconfigure your mind! The writer of Lamentations, Jeremiah, found himself in one of those situations. He said: "I recall to mind therefore I have hope." At times like this we need to restructure or remodel our thought life: its time to bring other thoughts to our minds.
Remember truth right now: God is faithful. God's compassions are limitless. God's mercies are available to you each and every day. Even when you struggle: Jesus is always there for you! Even when you are tempted: He is faithful to deliver you. Even when you mess up: He offers the gift of forgiveness. God loves you and He will always be faithful to you.