Today, God is encouraging those of you who are experiencing a difficult trial. He is releasing a potent tonic of hope and anticipation.
Your Father wants you to know that He has appointed a harvest from your pain.
This season of struggle has an expected end—an outcome that brings glory to God.
1. The Harvest of New Provision
‘Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”’ (1 Kings 17:7-9)
When Elijah’s brook dried up, it was a signal that the time had come to move on.
It is possible that Elijah went through the process of watching that brook get drier day after day, before God’s word came to him.
Do you have assurance that you are where God wants you to be—and yet you are watching a source of supply dry up? It is time to anticipate.
Get ready to receive instructions concerning the new provision that is opening up for you.
2. The Harvest of a New Birth
‘A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.’ (John 16:21)
Pain may herald a new thing coming to birth—such as a new ministry, the emergence of a spiritual gift, or a new season in your life.
Travail can also relate to a prolonged season of prayer or intercession.
Is there a desire that you have been holding in your heart before God? It may seem as though the opposite of what you have been praying for is taking place—but your Father has not forgotten you.
The tipping point—God’s answer—is on its way.
3. The Harvest of Breakthrough
‘About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.’ (Acts 16:25-26)
Perhaps, like Paul and Silas, you have been pursuing God’s will for your life and that of others. Yet instead of seeing the results you expected, you find yourself in a time of spiritual warfare or persecution.
It is time to get your eyes off the circumstances and lift up your voice in praise to God—for He has a harvest for your pain.
That harvest is enlargement and breakthrough. It will result in people seeing something that only God can do—and unbelievers turning in faith to Jesus.
4. The Harvest of Righteousness
‘No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.’ (Heb 12:11)
Sin that is not brought under God’s grace results in a harvest of death (James 1:15). However, sin that is confessed, brought into the light and repented of, brings forth a new harvest—a powerful testimony of God’s grace.
Sometimes God allows pain because He is at work to produce a harvest of holiness and integrity in your life. His goal is that you become like Jesus.
God’s work in you, as you cooperate with Him, will produce a harvest of righteousness and peace. Your experience of overcoming fear, negativity, sin or temptation will become a powerful weapon against the enemy.
Your testimony will help many others who have faced the same struggles.
5. The Ultimate Harvest
‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’ (2 Cor 4:17-18)
There are times when we do not fully see the harvest from our pain this side of eternity. Life brings grief and loss. There may be a trial or sickness that does not shift, in spite of much prayer.
Know that God has given to you a hope that cannot be shaken—a glory ahead that far outweighs anything you have been going through.
And the seeds of your harvest will be poured out into generations yet to come.
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