A Giant Sequoia can grow to over 300 feet tall and live for more than 2,000 years.* Some are believed to have lived much longer. Yet they start out as a seed cone, so small you could hold one in your hand! How is this possible?
The Bible tells us…
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:11 NIV)
In the beginning it was established…
As long as the earth remains; seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. (Genesis 8:22 NIV)
This law of Seed Time and Harvest is at work throughout the earth. It’s been this way for thousands of years, never ceasing. There are different kinds of seeds, and every seed produces after its own kind. In the natural, if you sow tomato seeds you reap tomato plants. If you sow corn, you reap corn. If you sow weeds, they will grow and multiply too. Soon you’ll have a garden or field full of them. You reap what you sow. It works the same way with spiritual things. Our hearts are like soil. What we choose to think or talk about and everything we do is sowing spiritual seed. Because every thought is a seed, every word is a seed, every action is a seed.
This is why advertising is so powerful. Advertisers understand this principle of Sowing and Reaping, even if they don’t call it that. Stuff you watch on TV, books and magazines you read, the internet – it’s all sowing seed. You can’t stop this spiritual principle from operating in your life. But you do have control over what you sow. If we’d read and listen to God’s Word, make it a part of our daily conversation and declare it by faith, it would feed our spirits and cause us to grow up spiritually.
It is written…
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8 NIV)
There should be times when you turn off all your electronics, including your cell phone. I/O At least, switch the thing to silent mode. Give yourself an hour. It’s re-energizing (to your soul) when you’re not being bombarded by little noises and alerts, when you’re free from distractions, when you are not pressed for time, and you can find a quiet and comfortable place to just relax and read a good book or pray. Better yet, sing some worship songs to the Lord. Praise is the highest form of prayer. You could even spend some time thinking (on the Word). Reading and thinking go together. It’s peaceful. It’s refreshing. It renews your strength and cleanses your mind. You may think that you don’t need this, but you do. Just like you need physical exercise you also need to spend time in the Word. Of course, the number one way to feed your faith is by hearing the Word. There should be times we study the Bible and listen to good preaching. It feeds our spirits.
I encourage you to find the time, at least a couple times a week, and let spending time with God become a part of your lifestyle. Find a place to study without all the distractions this world has to offer. If the weather permits, go outside. Get some fresh air. Go for a hike. Maybe you could listen to some good preaching on your ear pods. When you get to the top of the hill, take a rest and think about the things you’ve been learning. In time you will become that wise man or wise woman at the top of the mountain, the one that others seek out to ask questions. And you will have the answers. You will also have peace and joy. You will have faith. And people who meet you will want what you have. But they can’t have what you have if they don’t do what you did to get it.