The concept of natural laws is not foreign to us. Right from childhood we have been taught to know and obey natural laws. The law of gravity isn’t a matter of opinion, same as Archimedes’ principle, we live or die by obeying these laws. It doesn’t matter how we feel about them – if you jump, you better had planned a safe landing; learn to swim or you drown without some floats to keep you up.
These laws are so predictable that scientists have developed equations that can be used to harness their power to govern the modern world that we live in today. If the force of gravity took a break, the whole earth will be sucked into a black hole…or so I think from watching all the science fiction documentaries in my house, thanks to my better half. All the bodies of water will be sucked into the atmosphere; the mountains, the hills and pretty much we ourselves will all be gone. Anything that is not anchored down by a force greater than the “Gs” will be gone. Scary…
So, if a natural law as the law of gravity can have such consequences, it makes me feel that just maybe we haven’t come to appreciate the power of the spiritual laws that Gods has instructed us to obey. There is more to what upholds this universe than the laws of physics and especially when we include the human factor. Despite the fact that the spiritual world isn’t as tangible as the physical, the consequences of ignoring spiritual laws can be even as painful as ignoring say the law of gravity.
One of such spiritual laws is the law of Seed, Time and Harvest. This law is splattered all over the bible and clearly called out in Gal 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”. Aka “you reap what you sow”. Or “what goes around, comes around”. Also, “you get out what you put in”. No matter how you describe this law, it’s a principle that governs our lives and is deeply rooted in the spiritual. We reap what we sow, not necessarily where we sow.
Sometimes, the results we produce in life isn’t because of opposition from the devil, even though we know we have an adversary that tries to steal from us. More times than not, it’s largely us receiving harvest of our actions or inactions. Everything we do or do not do is a seed and when it germinates we get a multiplied form of it. The power in the law of seed, time and harvest is its inherent multiplying effect. What we get on the back end is much more than what we put it. We are happy about the multiplying power of this law when we have sown good seeds and God help us (cry for mercy) when the seeds we have sown were not so good.
Now, knowing that there is a multiplying power in this law, we should use it to our advantage every time. We should be conscious of sowing good seeds; seeds of love, kind words, helping others, seeds towards the work of the God, charitable work, honesty, integrity, diligence and hard work. With respect to hard work, as believers, there is a harvest that comes when we sow seeds of diligence and hard work in whatever we find ourselves doing to receive the promotion we have been praying to God for. Praying and believing God for promotion or increase, should be combined with sowing seeds of diligence and hard work and not without it. See ye a man diligent in his work, he will stand before kings (Proverbs 22:29). Praying alone does not bring the harvest of promotion. Our prayers predispose us to supernatural favor that works on our seeds of diligence and hard work. Otherwise, we’ll be disobeying this law and the results may not be what we want.
I conclude with a rendition of this law in Eccl 11: 1-6 “Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, be diligently active, make thoughtful decisions, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even divide it to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth; and if a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it lies. He who watches the wind, waiting for all conditions to be perfect, will not sow seeds, and he who looks at the clouds will not reap a harvest. Just as you do not know the way and path of the wind or how the bones are formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle with your hands in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening planting will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”
-Pastor Bolanle Ashafa