Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 12th, 2016
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater.
Isaiah 55:10 (NIV)
Yielding Seed and Bread
A fresh rainfall is food to the earth just as the Word of the Lord is food to the soul. Open up God’s Word today. Feed on the Scriptures. Like rain to the earth, His Word will bear fruit in your life!
Now that most Canadian farmers have either completed their harvest, or in the case of where I live, in the midst of it now, they are considering how successful the yield will be this year. This past July, Statistics Canada predicted that production of wheat, barley and lentils will increase in 2016, while canola, soybean, corn for grain and oats are anticipated to decline. Extremely dry and wet weather conditions in different parts of the country have played a significant role in the production expectations. Total wheat production is expected to reach 30.5 million tonnes in 2016, up 10.5% compared with last year. This could mark the second time in 25 years that wheat production will exceed 30 million tonnes, the other being the bumper crop of 2013. Farmers in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario all expect total wheat production to rise.
Farmers think in terms of yield. It makes sense. They plant seed and carefully fertilize. They understand soils and in this day of digital farming, measure their fields’ soil per square meter so they know exactly what nutrients need to be added where in their field. Farmers have always worked hard to produce the best crops. Isaiah 55:10 uses this analogy when it says “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater.” The prophet paints this picture in speaking about the Word of God. God goes on to say “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty.” God has put a spiritual truth into the life of the harvest. Just as a farmer plants seed and there is a harvest, so when God’s Word goes forth, it will produce a spiritual harvest. We live in a day of spiritual dryness and there is a reason: the living Word of God no longer has a place of prominence in many churches or individual lives. If you have not allowed the Word of God to be planted in your life, neither can you expect to produce spiritual fruit. How have you planted God’s Word into your heart? Take time to do so today.
These have been words from the heart.