In the article, “How does a farmer spend a workday?”, eHow.com’s contributor, Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph highlights three things that the farmer mainly does, once he wakes up early to face a hard day of work. These three things are (1) Morning watering and assessment (2) Soil and bed preparation and (3) Harvesting.
Watering is done in the morning to soak the roots of the plants so that they do not wilt in the afternoon sun. The Bible teaches us that great is God’s faithfulness and his mercies are new EVERY MORNING. Every morning, God showers his mercies on us so that our lives can be soaked with his mercies and we can withstand the heat and onslaughts (fiery darts), brought about by the evil one (Lamentations 3:22-23; Ephesians 6:16). Jesus said, if you ask of me, I would give you living water; and whoever drinks of this living water shall never thirst again (John 4:10,13-14). Jesus, the Farmer, waters our lives afresh each morning with his mercy (not giving us what we deserve) since he is full of grace (giving us what we don’t deserve), giving us life; eternal (John 3:16) and abundant (John 10:10).
The farmer also prepares the soil and bed on which the seed that the farmer sows must fall. He will dig holes for the plants and prepare the banks in the soil for drainage. He places the seed/plant in those holes, firmly packs the soil and waters them. The seed/plant that responds is the one the germinates/grows to be a sapling and eventually grows into an established plant/tree. The farmer also closely monitors the plant so that insects, fungus and mold doest not destroy his plants and when he sees any sign of these harmful elements, he applies protection (such as spraying medications) to keep the plants healthy and disease free. In a similar way, Jesus, the Farmer, allows downtimes (holes) in our lives but never places us in a place that is too hard for us, no matter how packed the circumstances around us may seem, always giving us a way out just as the farmer prepares the necessary banks to drain the things that are harmful to the seed/plant. We are Jesus’ husbandry (1 Corinthians 3:9; 3:6-7). When destructive elements of this world (addiction, depravities, immorality, etc. and all manner of sin) tries to infect and kill us, the very blood of Jesus The Farmer, protects, just us as the blood of the passover lamb did during the time of the Exodus (Exodus 12:13).
Finally a farmer harvests the crops that he grows in a timely manner, when the time is right. He sows good seed, but invariably the seed is to take root and grow and when God’s appointed time comes, Jesus The Farmer, will come with his holy angels to harvest us (Matthew 13:41).
Points to ponder:
Jesus waters our lives with his mercy, for he is The Faithful Farmer. The question that remains then is “Are we growing in his knowledge?” (2 Peter 3:18) or are we stunted?
Are you protected by the blood of Jesus The Farmer? In other words, have you believed in Him as your personal Lord and Savior and King?
When Jesus, the Farmer, sends forth his angels to harvest us, will we be in a harvestable state as wheat and not the weeds (tares)?
Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV)
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Exodus 12:13 (KJV)
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt
Matthew 13:41-43 (KJV)
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.