Empty Handed at Harvest Time

Jeremiah 8: 19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? 20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Israel was in a bad condition.  God was still speaking even though the people had turned away from him.  Their religion was just as the religion of the heathen nations.  Every belief was blended in.  God’s people were chosen and had directions for worship but they backslid.  Jeremiah preached and nobody listened.  He was among the final prophets before the captivity.  The nation, as a majority, had sold their souls and gone the wrong way.  They had so many opportunities to repent but didn’t.  They refused to hear and turned their back on God.  They weren’t the people they needed to be.  In order for them (and us) to have what we used to have, we have to be what we need to be.

The people didn’t think God would allow the enemy to overtake them.  Jeremiah told them the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.  The people disagreed.  The time came and went.  Israel had her last chance and was soon turned over to Babylon.  Think about the opportunities in our nation and the world.  The gospel is preached but the Bible is not believed.  It is outlawed and trampled underfoot.  Harvest is passing.  Are we still empty handed?  Are you spiritual or carnal?  Are you mature in the Lord or childish?  Are you holy or corrupted by sin?  Is there emptiness?  Know this.  Harvest is passing quickly.  The chance to deal with things will soon be gone.  The age of grace will be gone.  Will you be empty handed?  Are there things to fix up between you and God?  Do you need a little talk with Jesus?  Don’t keep loose ends in your life.  Don’t be caught unprepared to meet God.  The Bible says blessed is the man found doing what God wants.  Are you in the will of God?

Harvest could pass suddenly.  There is no time then.  We’re down to the final moments.  How is your heart?  Is it hard after the plowing?  Harvest is in progress.  Do you have hard feelings toward God or others?  When Jesus knocks on the door of your heart do you not want to open it?  Is your heart stony?  Have you surrendered a little but kept the stones of pride, lust, coldness, arrogance, and self-righteousness?  You can’t grow a garden in rocky soil.  Seeds sprout but die.  How deep is God in your heart and life?  A shallow relationship is not enough.  You need to get rid of the rocks in your spiritual garden because harvest is coming.  Is your heart thorny?  Thorny ground takes the Word but likes the thorns.  Do you talk about the Lord and receive the Word but go along with the world and sin?  Everybody is doing it so you can too. Is that what you think? We will never get anywhere with sin.  It will choke out the Word.  If you don’t weed your garden, you won’t have a garden.  If you get lazy spiritually the weeds of sin will take over.  There is victory in Jesus, and it is not his fault if your garden if overtaken.

Gardens look promising this time of year.  There is still promise in your life.  Gardens produce when you tend to them as you do your life.  When you go to the garden in November it’s not pretty.  There are sticks and corn shucks.  It looks empty and forlorn.  Harvest has come and gone.  Cold is setting in.  It will be November on God’s time clock before we know it.  Will you be safe in the barn or empty handed?  Get in the garden and go to work.  Harvest is coming.

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