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11. Anticipate the harvest: Sowing, claiming, reaping

We sow God’s precepts in our children’s lives, and dare to claim God’s promise. He guarantees a harvest, and we hold him to his Word. We will not leave God’s throne until we reap!

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 14:6).

Crying

The Bible tells the story of a mother who was completely helpless to do anything for her child’s emergent need. Here’s her story:

A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

–Matthew 15:22-28

Praying

This woman’s daughter was demon-possessed. The mother was helpless against the demons. Circumstances were also against her, for she was a gentile, not of the chosen race.

But she had the faith to believe if she would ask Jesus he would heal her daughter Spiritually. She had the persistence to refuse to leave until she had the answer for which she came to him.

God loves for us to hold him to his Word in prayer. The Bible says: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 14:6). We cling to his Word. We have no greater weapon than prayer. We will not leave until God gives us victory in our children’s lives!

Sowing

The Bible says:

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

–Isaiah 55:10-11; Galatians 6:7-9

Our part is to sow the right seeds in our children’s lives. God’s part is to provide the harvest. Just as the rain and snow water the earth to produce a bountiful harvest, so will his Word accomplish all that he sends it to do. If we are sowing God’s Word in our children’s lives at every opportunity, we have his guarantee that the harvest will come!

Reaping

When others sow seeds of evil in our children’s lives, how does that affect God’s promise? That does not in any way change God’s promise to us.

There are no conditions to this promise. The floods of evil influence may wash the small seeds away. The weeds of peer pressure may choke the young seedlings that remain. The locusts of lust may eat the few plants that do survive.

Yet if we are faithful to sow, we will have a harvest. God guarantees we will reap what we sow. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). God will perform a miracle and create a harvest, if necessary, in order to keep his word to us!

Application

Mothers, let us never tire of going to whatever extreme we must to sow God’s precepts into our children’s lives. And let us dare to hold God to His Word. For the harvest is guaranteed!

We never have our children raised. However, there comes a time when our children must make their own decisions. We can offer Godly support and advice when appropriate, but sometimes we can only trust them to God.

What a comfort to know that God will never cease to perform in their lives that we allow him to start through us. What a promise, that God will continue to work in their lives even after we have gone home to be with the Lord. What a joy to anticipate that which God will do in them, above all we ask or think.

What a God! What a promise! What a victory!

Mothers, let us persist in the strength of our magnificent God. We have his Word!

Thought to Remember

What a comfort to know that God will never cease to perform in their lives that we allow him to start through us.

Question for Discussion

  1. What if we find ourselves in a situation where there is nothing we can do on our child’s behalf?
  2. When others sow seeds of evil in our children’s lives, how does that affect God’s promise?

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Scripture taken from New International Version unless otherwise noted