“The harvest is past, the summer is ended and we are not saved.”

Jeremiah 8:20

     Once the Door is closed, no amount of pleading can reopen it (Gen. 7:16b; II Cor. 6:2; Heb. 3:7-19).

     Farming is a cooperate relationship between God and man, even if the farmer doesn’t realize or admit it.  Assuredly, someone must prepare the soil. . .plant the seed. . .cultivate, fertilize and water the crop. . .and then wait for the harvest:  “First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” (Mk. 4:28).
     But, all of his efforts are dependent upon the Lord of the Harvest’s blessings.

     The seed must properly germinate.  The soil must be fertile. And, there must be sunshine and rain.  And, only in this “cooperative relationship” between God and man can there be a gathering in of the golden grain.
     The same is true in the spiritual realm.

     The “Seed” is God’s Word and the “soil” is the heart (Lk. 8:11; I Pet. 1:23).  The Sower is the Savior Himself through His Holy Spirit and those whom He’s called to “sow the Seed” through proclamation and exhortation (Lk. 8:5).  But, none of this will avail if the soil is not receptive to the Seed (Lk. 8:5-15).  And, if there is no lodging of the Seed within the soil, there’ll be no reaping of eternal life “when the summer is past and the Harvest is ended.”
     As God’s Word says “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the Heaven:  A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted” (Eccl. 3:1-2).

     The question is “Which season are you in?”

     When young, our answer is “Oh, the Springtime of my life!  I’ve got so much to do, so many places to go, so many people to see.”  The middle-aged person will answer, “I’m in the Summer of my life.  I’ve accomplished quite a bit, but still have much unfinished business.  I’ll just work smarter, not harder.”  And, the senior adult will reply, “I’m in the Fall or Winter of my life.  The chilling winds of eternity even now blow upon me as I realize the end of my sojourn here on earth is near.”
     But, dear Pilgrim, life is not always so clear-cut and easily defined.  Truly, it is as “a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:13-14; Prov. 27:1).

     There’ll be no praying for crop failure on that day (Gal. 6:6-8).  There’ll be no plea-bargaining with the Righteous Judge.  Just as the time comes when the reapers will enter the field and thrust in their sickles, so will the Death Angel one day thrust his sure and sharp sickle into our field (life).
     The question is “Are you ready?”  Only those who know the Lord and know they’re known of Him can answer “Yes” without hesitation or reservation.  All others will reply, “I think so” or “I hope so.”  Do not delay, Pilgrim; “humble yourself and make sure your Friend” (Prov. 6:3; Jn. 15:1-15).  That way the mournful words of today’s Manna will never spring from your lips:  “The summer is past, the harvest is ended and I am not saved.”

By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated March 12, 2010

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