Genesis 8:22 NKJV
The role of farmer is to raise his field crops. This will involve him sowing seeds into the ground, watering it and allowing nature to take its course. How many of you understand that if a farmer fails to sow his seeds in due season, that it would be foolish for the farmer to go to his land at the time of harvest expecting to see matured crops?
Let’s go to the story of Elisha and the widow in II Kings 4:1. So we have here a story of a widow that is in extreme debt, to the extent where creditors are threatening to sell her children off as slaves. She comes to Elisha for help, with of course the perception that because she has a financial issue he would of course offer direct financial assistance. But read how Elisha responds to her problem in verse 2.
So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
This is interesting because the first question Elisha asks her is “what do you have in your house” and what’s even more interesting is that she regards the little she has as insignificant, but when you read on it shows that out of her little came abundance.
Life is all about perspective. A wise man once told me when you take abundance out of abundance, what are you left with? Abundance of course! This is a man that understands that we not only serve a God of abundance that we are joint heirs with, but he’s mentality is that there’s no limit to his finances providing he continues to sow. But there’s another type of man that regards himself as owning only £10,000 in saving and knows that if he blesses the poor with half of his savings, he’s left with only £5,000. As a result he withholds what he has, sound familiar? This man is no different from the wicked servant in Matthew 15:14, that buried the one talent he was given out of fear of losing what he has.
The difference between the two perspectives is a difference in mind-set. One sees his loss as an investment whilst the other sees his investment as a loss.
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22 NKJV)
The way the Kingdom of God works is that unless a man sows a seed a harvest cannot come. That’s why he says in Malachi “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house” (Malachi 3:10 NKJV). Before the harvest of abundance can come there is a requirement for there to be food in his house, there is a requirement on us to sow a seed.
Once I heard this message it changed my perception on giving completely, and it came with this quote. “Whenever you have a need, Sow a seed”. Whenever I require anything from God, I sow a seed that is relative to my need. Typical example, whenever I’m looking for a job I without fail always make sure I try my best to get someone else one. I review CVs, offer interview tips and advice; refer people to recruitment companies relative to their field, the list goes on. I make sure that I’m dedicated to getting someone else a job before myself and as a result of this I have never struggled in the area of employment.
One thing that I’ve grown to learn about God is that we serve a God that just wants to bless us. So when he asks us to do something it’s not because God is a party pooper, but because he knows what’s best for us. When he says “Give, and it will be given to you” and that we must make sure theirs food in his house first, it’s not for his benefit it’s for our own. Like really we serve the Alpha and Omega, what can we possibly have that God needs? But he’s commanding you to give because he understands that unless you put a seed in the ground, he has nothing to work with.
I end with this… As Elisha asked the widow what is in your house? I in turn want to ask you what is in your land?
Author: Hannah Okuyemi
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