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  • The Thanksgiving Joy of Harvest

    1 posts, 1 voices, 461 views, started Nov 27, 2010

    Posted on Saturday, November 27, 2010 by Denise Richardson

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      The Thanksgiving Joy of Harvest
      By Pastor Jack W. Hayford
      This week’s topic: Giving Thanks

      The term “HARVEST” appears frequently in Scripture, as the people of the Bible lived in an agricultural society. At Thanksgiving, the imagery of harvest frames our own nation’s history, inspiring us with things reflective of Early America.

      Yet Thanksgiving is about more than that.

      It is a call for us to celebrate not only God’s provision and restoration, but also His promise and presence—even amid delays, restricting circumstances, or tears.

      Thanksgiving also calls us to constancy, for the journey to harvest will usually be harder than we think, longer than we expect, and more rewarding than we can ever imagine.

      Scripture says, “Though weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5).

      For many of us, it’s been a demanding year.

      But as you and I come to Thanksgiving, the joy of celebration makes everything else incidental. When we finally see the harvest, it no longer matters how tough things were, how much time they took, or how heavy the pressures were. What’s important is that we have answered the call to faith.

      There is joy in that call. The Bible likens this joy after travail to a woman who has delivered a child. After the difficult months of pregnancy and the pain of labor, the baby is born, and what it took for that to happen doesn’t matter anymore. There is only the songs of rejoicing.

      These songs are a celebration of God’s purpose through and beyond trial. It reminds us that triumph ultimately outlasts trial. And the triumph is en route, folks.

      Even if we can’t see what God is doing, there’s evidence in our hearts that He will be faithful. This song is an invitation to constancy of focus—to go forth with sacks of seed, not just one.

      So today, ask yourself: What are you sowing?

      Even with the wind in my face, the sand in my eyes, the weeping from circumstance or adversity, we must keep sowing the promise of God. Not as one who is mindless or superstitious, but as one who knows that the God who makes a promise to His people never forgets it.

      God has done more things of love and goodness in our lives than any of us can imagine. When you face the thing that hasn’t happened yet, keep sowing.

      With a heart of Thanksgiving, find joy in the harvest to come.

      Scripture Of The Day: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." - Matthew 24:35

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