Good day to all, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are we spiritually listening to God like a farmer works his field?
Our Father compares our listening to Him to a farmer's life through the prophet Isaiah. You do not have to be a farmer to understand how farming works. God often uses planting, sowing, hoeing and reaping as an illustration of spreading His word, and reaping His harvest as His work in us, his work through us, and our income increasing to spread more to help others.
Isaiah 28:23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.
When the farmer plows for planting does he plow continually?
Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soul?
When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin?
Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field?
His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.
These words are spoken to farmers in the day of Isaiah to illustrate God teaches the farmer how to farm just like God teaches us how to do all things right through Christ. At the time it was through the sacrificing of animals they were proving their trust in him. God uses the farmer to illustrate how He works in and through a person. Today we live through the Spirit of God that fulfills the Law of Moses the right and perfect way through Christ.
This illustrates we should be continuing to listen to Him like the farmers worked in Isaiah day, never turning our ear from him, or from his work he puts in us, and works through us for others. As we see in Isiah’s day many were turning away from God and not listening to His instructions through His faithfulness. Today I see many are doing the same thing.
Like the farmer, are we continuing to soften our hearts, like the farmer continues to soften his soil toward God so it will be soft to receive Him and His word daily, like a farmer plows for planting? A farmer never stops until all the ground is soft and ready for planting. The farmer never stops keeping his soul soft. He cannot plant a seed in hard ground, and God cannot plant His word in our hard stubborn hearts.
How do we continually keep our hearts soft toward God? By having faith in Jesus, denying ourselves, carrying our cross, and following Him daily. This should not look like a suffering life of despair, sickness, and hopelessness, but one of abundance spiritually, physically, and emotionally. This life may seem hard just like the farmers life may seem hard keeping their soul soft. The farmer is delighted in his work, the farmer has fertilizer, and tools to break it up with, and we do to.
We have the gift of God’s Spirit to open up His Word to us. His Spirit gives us His strength, peace, love, joy, kindness, wisdom and all His nature, and power along the way while we carry our life He has given each of us. If we are listening to our Father through Christ, His word, and apply what He says daily, like a farmer never gives up on his work, we will not give up our faith, denying ourselves, carrying our cross, and following Him daily.
Like the farmer, we will also reap a harvest of fruit within ourselves, and through us for others that will last for His Kingdom. Are you denying yourself today? Are you taking up your cross as if it was a life full of what God gives you of himself, so you can follow Him doing your Father’s will. Are you living a life worthy of Him so He can prove who he is through your life? Are you going your own way, and not listening to His Instructions like the Israelites in Isiah’s day?
Mark 8:24 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take his cross, and follow me.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
This good Paul is speaking of is spreading the gospel in word, and deed. Without the message of the gospel the deed will not bear His fruit, and without the deed the gospel word will not bear fruit. Are we keeping our hearts soft toward His plan for our lives by breaking all other voices up? Like the farmer brakes up the soil with the harrow are we getting rid of all lies, and sinful desires? Are we following the world, or Him?
A harrow is a cultivating tool that has spikes, spring teeth, or disks and is used to pulverize and smooth the soil. How do we break up the sin, and other voices in our lives like the farmer brakes up the weeds, and pulverizes the dirt with the harrow?
His Spirit gives us new desires that take over the old ones, everything in our minds takes on another meaning. His thoughts and ways are much greater than ours, and as our mind renews our desires become His. Our interest becomes His interest. We no longer belong to ourselves but to Him.
2 Corinthians 1:21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us. Set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
His Spirit reveals what He does not like in us when we are listening to Him. He gives us grace, wisdom, and his divine power to pulverize any sin in us, when we have His faith moving in our lives he pulverizes the sin within us like the harrow pulverizes the weeds. If we are listening to Him, and His instructions through His faithfulness, we have the power of grace in us to pulverize any sin, and any other idol including ourselves.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who calls us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Are we listening to Him enough to make level surfaces for Him to work in and through by surrendering everything in ourselves and in our lives to Him in faith. Like the farmer levels out the soil to plant the seed, we make level paths for our feet through the faith He gives us.
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later, on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strength your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level path for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Are we listening to Him enough to hear and apply where His word goes for each circumstance and relationship in our lives like the farmer knows what field to plant each crop in?
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Are we listening to God as His Spirit works in us, and through us as God teaches a farmer how to plant and work the fields? Like the farmer, this is not an easy life, but a very rewarding life, and the only life we are meant to illustrate, and reflect through His Spirit, and He will be with us to the end.
The Israelites turned away from God many times and quit listening to Him, as Jesus said, the workers are few in His day, and I think today it is much the same. Ask the Lord for Him to equip you to be His worker for His Harvest field. He needs farmers to work His harvest.
Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into this harvest field.
God will teach us the right way to live within ourselves, and through our lives for others, to be His workers in His fields if we are listening to Him.
He will continue to give His true children all they need to listen, hear, and apply what they need within themselves, and through them so they can reap His Harvest bearing fruit for His Kingdom. We do have to listen to Him, and only Him and His instructions. Like the Farmer God teaches us how to plow the soil, sow seed, pulverize weeds of sin, and He never leaves us! His work in and through them will continue and never end, because they are listening to Him bearing His fruit through their lives!
Are we truly listening to Him today like His Farmer?