THE BEST TIME TO SOW
MEMORIZE: Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an Hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. Genesis 26:12
READ: GENESIS 26:12-14 (KJV)
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.
13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:
14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 41-42
Any farmer who wants to reap a bountiful harvest knows that sowing is a specialized act. In other words, you don’t expect a great harvest when you sow at a time of your own choosing and in a haphazard manner.
After soil preparation sowing is often the next and most important step taken by a farmer in anticipation of harvest. The principles of sowing that govern the physical realm are also applicable in the spiritual realm. Ecclesiastes 3:2 tells us that there is a right time, which also is the best time, for sowing. Good farmers know very well that the planting of crops is a major event, and its timing depends on the type of seed to be sown.
Some factors that determine the right time to sow include the season or time of the ear, sunshine and clouds, length of day and night, rainfall pattern and soil fertility. Sowing in the time of famine, being a time of drought, is a ridiculous thing to do, to say the east. Nevertheless, for lsaac in today’s Bible reading, it was the right time, and he experienced the miracle of a hundredfold harvest. His case is a classic example of doing the ridiculous to produce the miraculous. Just as it happened to Isaac, I pray that as you sow into God’s kingdom, you will experience returns in a hundred fold in Jesus’ Name.
When is the best time to sow into God’s kingdom? The best time to sow is when you are born again and living in total obedience to the will of God. It is when the source of your livelihood is clean and your way of life is pure, such that on can lift up holy hands to God in adoration and worship (Psalm 24:3-5).
It is when curses have been removed, devourers rebuked, cankerworms destroyed and contrary circumstances have been turned around to work in your favour. If for any reason you have missed it somehow and your life does not fit these descriptions, it is never too late with God. You can retrace your steps back home to God for a new beginning – a new be inning of peace, progress and bountiful harvest.
Thankfully, it is still the season for sowing, and there is still time to sow righteousness and obedience now, before you face God’s law of harvest based on your deeds (Romans 2:6). It is yet a sunny day, the weather is favourable, and the timing is right. You can set your life on the right path by sowing righteousness, mercy and favour today. Invest into God’s kingdom today and reap a hundredfold in eternity.
The best seed you can sow is the seed of your life. Invest your time, money and energy into sou winning activities today, and watch as things will begin to work in your favour. If you are busy doing God’s business, He will also respond by going the extra mile to take care of your famiiy and business.
Prayer point: Father, please let my contribution to the expansion of your kingdom produce hundredfold returns for me in Jesus’ name.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God