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Step Up And Sow Against Lack (3 of 5)
Series: Divine Intervention
Introduction: This is a message that will cause the natural mind to react or to simply say, "Unreasonable. It doesn't make any sense at all." If you are in a place of lack or scarcity, why would you sow anything? Your circumstances may appear hopeless to the natural eye and the thought of sowing may seem like a waste to you and those around you, but understand that God delights to bring forth a blessing in the middle of famine for those who will step up and sow against the lack. The tendency of the natural mind is to withhold or withdraw in difficult times.
Famine begins with lack, not having enough, being short of or deficient in what is needed. It grows into a severe or drastic shortage with acute insufficiency and extreme scarcity and can result in the loss of everything, even loss itself. Sowing seed in times of famine takes great faith in God because all the odds are against you. You have to believe God is Lord of the harvest.
A missionary Del Tarr who served fourteen years in West Africa with another mission agency tells the story of sowing in the Sahel, stretch of land just under the Sahara Desert.
In the Sahel, all the moisture comes in a four month period: May, June, July, and August. After that, not a drop of rain falls for eight months. The ground cracks from dryness, and so do your hands and feet. The winds of the Sahara pick up the dust and throw it thousands of feet into the air. It then comes slowly drifting across West Africa as a fine grit. It gets inside your mouth. It gets inside your watch and stops it. The year's food, of course, must all be grown in those four months. People grow sorghum or milo in small fields.
October and November...these are beautiful months. The granaries are full. The harvest has come. People sing and dance. They eat two meals a day. The sorghum is ground between two stones to make flour and then a mush with the consistency of yest ...
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