“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” II Corinthians 9:6
“And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Our tiered garden, can’t wait to reap the bountiful harvest!
Gardening season is in full swing! Our early plantings of lettuces and radishes are producing, and salads are plentiful. The next planting; cucumbers, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas and okra (whew!) are growing and strengthening.
Each year we try something which we hope will yield a more bountiful harvest. Last year we built potato boxes, they are open bottomed crates. We lined them with straw and added dirt, compost, fertilizer and nutrients. As the potato plants grew, we added dirt to fill the crate. At harvest, we simply dumped the box on its side and picked out all the potatoes!
This year we are experimenting by growing cucumbers and squash in bales of straw. We made a couple large holes in the top of the bale and filled with the same concoction as in the potato boxes and planted. We are hoping for a plentiful harvest and lots of canned pickles.
A full potato box and straw bales with newly planted cucumbers and squash!
We have discovered that gardening takes a lot of work and constant tending. And as we’ve learned more about gardening, I have realized that it is strikingly similar to the reading of God’s Word. (Hence, the title.)
The more we work and tend the “garden” of God’s Word, the more bountifully we will reap its truths and rewards. Bear with me as we “dig” further into this metaphor. (I hear the groans but couldn’t resist!)
First, let’s sow our garden with the promises of God. Delve into the Bible; find all of the promises that God has offered to us, His children. Here are just a few of my favorites.
- He will never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- He promises to be with us, strengthen us, help us and uphold us. (Isaiah 41:10)
- He promises to give us wisdom. (James 1:5)
- He is faithful to forgive our sins and purify us. (I John 1:9)
- He loves us and nothing can stop His love. (Romans 8:38-39)
Next, with all these promises firmly planted, let’s tend our garden with prayers for discernment and guidance. Let’s invite God to be with us as we read. Let’s praise and worship Him as we water our garden with thankfulness.
Also, let’s weed out distractions and prune the lists of things that keep our minds from welcoming the spiritual growth in the garden of God’s Word.
As we spend more time in God’s “garden”, we begin to reap the bounty. We harvest spiritual strength and trust and the fruits of the spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
This week let’s embrace the garden of God’s Word; let’s sow bountifully, knowing that we will also reap bountifully!
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we garden in God’s Word.