Harvester or Storm Watcher

Who of us enjoys instability?  Who gets thrilled over the prospect of a ladder, a bridge, a foundation, a home, a marriage, a job, a stock market, or a national government that is unstable?  Why bother to take the risk?

Every heart yearns for security.  What an invaluable treasure a husband has in a wife to whom he can safely entrust his heart (Proverbs 31:11).  What a blessing it is to know that “I am that I am” (the Unchanging One–the same yesterday, today, and forever) is the character, and thus the name, of God (Exodus 3:14).

The simile used in Psalm 1:4 to describe the ungodly is chilling:  “The ungodly…are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.”  What a terrible, miserable, fickle, and horrific way to live.  What an exhausting and pointless existence to be “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness” (Ephesians 4:14).  For the ungodly, life is not a purposeful pilgrimage from earth to the heavenly city (Hebrews 11:13-16); it is a series of tornadoes (i.e. crises) that devastates and desolates.

Then, when the final storm of life–death–has passed, the ungodly are judged to be unacceptable to God and are thus excluded from the company of the righteous (Psalm 1:5) forever.  What a horrific way to live and an even worse way to die.

When Jesus saw the multitudes it moved Him to compassion because they fainted and were scattered abroad, as sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36).  What about you?

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37). 

Are you a harvester or a storm watcher?

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Author: jchowning

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