I’m reading Insanity of God. It has challenged my status quo mindset. It shakes up my safety, security, and tosses in suffering. It has been hard to put the book down. I’ve actually been avoiding any trip I’ve felt was unsafe. I’m challenged to change that. There is a suffering world many miles from my office door. How challenging to know young people are willing to risk all to step through those doors and we get to mentor them. I’m tempted to sometimes tell them stay safe, stay secure, and avoid suffering. How boring–and how easy to miss the mark of how God wants to lead to the waiting and the wounded. I feel revived each time I lift up my eyes and look at the whitened harvest. Looking up from safety and security; looking out to the sad and suffering. I’m amazed and surprised by the Insanity of God. Or is it insanity after all? You’d have to read the book to truly understand. Please do. You may never be the same. I hope so!
Seven Things I Know About the Harvest
The harvest is important to God (Matthew 9:37-38).
Scripture refers to Him as “Lord of the Harvest.”
The harvest is precious; it costs something (Psalms 126:6).
They were weeping, and it was considered precious seed because it was the last seed they had in the house. They were going to use it for planting and there would be nothing left.
The harvest is promised (John 4:35).
The time of harvest is now; already (John 4:35).
But there are times that God asks us to wait on the harvest.
There is always a time to plant and a time to harvest (Eccl. 3:2).
Everything has its season (Eccl. 3:1).
We should not be weary in well doing. In due season, we will reap, if we don’t quit (Galatians 6:9).
The harvest is by faith (Eccl. 11:1, 4-6).
We are not moved by what we see. We are moved by the Word of God, the will of God, and the work of God.
We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
We call those things that are not as if they already are (Romans 4:17).
If one observes the wind, clouds, or storms he will not sow. Despite the circumstances, sow anyway.
Our faith is not in the unknown. It is in the unseen.
I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed (2 Timothy 1:12).
The harvest is big (Matthew 9:37-38).
God has a big harvest in mind.
Again it is promised.
Requires harvest-minded workers.
The harvest is measurable (Galatians 6:7).
It is the law of the harvest.
The same measure is used to measure to us again (Luke 6:38). It is considered to be a “good measure.”
What we sow, is what we reap; whether good or bad.
It isn’t just about money. It is also about souls.
The harvest is celebrated (Acts 2:1).
The Day of Pentecost was part of the Feast of Pentecost; a harvest celebration.
God skillfully and strategically selected such a harvest for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, and the launching of the New Testament Church.