by Jerry Branch

How To Be a Good Farmer
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Jerry Branch
Psalm 126:6
November 15, 1998

Psalm 126:6 "He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." (NKJV)

How many of you eat vegetables? Did you ever stop to think how they got to your table? Well, some farmer somewhere was involved. They just didn't appear out of a veggie machine. Do any of you personally know someone who is a farmer? Anyone? Perhaps he is a relative. Maybe a close friend. Have you ever watched him harvest a crop?

Well, think about this for a second: Have you ever seen a farmer harvesting potatoes in the dead of winter when there are 4 feet of snow on the ground? Or have you ever seen a farmer out in the open field in the late fall just after the first frost, planting new young tomato plants? In farming, just as in life, there is a season for all things. We see that in Ecclesiastes 3:1.

There is a time to plan what is going to be planted in which field; there is a time to plow and prepare the soil so that it will be ready for the seeds; there is a right time to plant; and there is a time to harvest. And if you know anything at all about farming, or maybe you've done some gardening yourselves, you know you have got to be patient, and wait or endure as the seed germinates, as it sprouts up, as you're cultivating the new plant, and then ultimately do the harvest work.

In a lot of ways, each one of us who has been saved by the Grace of God, each one of us who is a Born-Again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, each one of us who is one of His Ambassadors - we are very much like a farmer. We too must prepare; we too must sow the seed given us; we must wait for the Lord; and we must work in His harvest fields where He has called us.

This passage today reminds us of our responsibilities that our Lord, Jesus Christ, has assigned to us, the He gave us in His Great ...

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