The Harvest Is Ready (Jeremiah 8:20)
Jeremiah 8:20, The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.
The harvest period in Israel began in late March or early April, with the barley harvest. This was the Passover season and was known as the spring harvest. Wheat was harvested in the middle of May to the end of June. This was the season of Pentecost. It takes about 120 days to grow. From the middle of July to the end of September, when the summer was over, various fruits and vegetables were harvested by the people. This was known as the summer harvest. If the spring harvest was a failure then people had hope of having a good summer harvest. If this failed, there was no hope for the winter months ahead.
In his vision, Jeremiah heard the people’s cry of hopelessness. He saw all hope were gone. Neither the spring harvest, nor the summer harvest, had produced a crop of repentance. Judah had fumbled all of her opportunities for repentance, so only judgment was ahead. The days of ease and prosperity were about to end. In the history of Judah, they had gone through the years of the summer of prosperity. Now, the winter of desolation was fast approaching. Judah had not repented and they, therefore, would not be delivered. They had missed the last opportunity to be saved. Their lost opportunity was compared to the harvest that had passed and the summer that had ended. It was now too late for the people to reap the harvest. The final chance for them to harvest the crop, to be saved, had passed.
Rebellion caused Judah to lose their opportunity of salvation and deliverance. They were told what they needed to do to get their lives straightened out, but they would have no part of it. They refused to listen and return to the Lord. The people were deliberately defiant. They condoned, or excused, their sin and would not acknowledge that they had done anything wrong. Their minds were made up to do what they wanted to do and they would not be swayed from their course.
That’s what a rebellious spirit does to any person. It will make one unteachable, unreasonable, unaccountable and unapproachable. They called evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20-21). Danger and possible destruction are shrugged off in apathy, or ignored, and refuted until it is too late to change direction. The spiritual leaders were not godly and did not teach them the truth. These people wandered so far from God. Their ignorance led to decisions and choices that were sinful, destructive and caused them to miss the opportunity to change and be delivered by God.
Don’t make the same mistake. If God has been dealing with you about your sin or unbelief, then turn to Him. Obey the Lord! When God blesses you with the harvest of your labors, whatever they may be, don’t worship the harvest. Don’t put your security in it. Instead, with a heart of gratitude and praise, thank the Lord for His blessings and provisions. Give back to the Lord what belongs to Him in tithes and offerings toward His work. Honor the Lord with what He has blessed you and He will bless you even more. That is His promise to you and to me.
PRAYER, Lord, help me to realize when You’re convicting me of the sin in my life. I don’t want to miss the opportunity of having Your power on my life. In Jesus name, AMEN.
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