God Reaffirms The Natural Order
When the Lord smelled the pleasing odor [a scent of satisfaction to His heart], the Lord said to Himself, I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination (the strong desire) of man’s heart is evil and wicked from his youth; neither will I ever again smite and destroy every living thing, as I have done.
Genesis 8:21 (AMP)
The Lord didn’t speak these words to Noah; He spoke them to Himself in His own heart. It was His gracious response to Noah’s faith, obedience, and worship.
What did God promise?
The Ground Cursed No More
God had cursed the ground because of Adam’s sin (Gen.3:17) and had added a further curse because of Cain’s sins (Gen. 4:11-12). God’s promise recorded here didn’t invalidate either of those curses, and they won’t be removed until Jesus returns and God’s people dwell in the holy city (Rev. 22:3). But in His grace, God decided not to add to man’s affliction.
As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.
Genesis 8:22 (NLT)
God Established The Principle Of Seedtime And Harvest
When God created the first living thing, He gave it the ability to grow and multiply.
How? Through the Seed.
Your life began by the seed principle. Every act of your life since your birth has operated by the seed principle – springing from good seeds or bad seeds you have sown – whether or not you were consciously aware of your seed planting. The principle continues today. To overcome life’s problems, reach your potential in life, see your life become fruitful, multiplied, replenished (that is, in health, finance, spiritual renewal, family, or your entire being), determine to follow God’s law of seedtime and harvest. Sow the seed of His promise in the soil of your need.
No Interruption Of The Cycle Of Nature
The Flood had interrupted the normal cycle of the seasons for a year, but that would never be repeated. Instead, God reaffirmed that the rhythm of days and weeks and seasons would continue as long as the earth endured. Without this guarantee, mankind could never be sure of having the necessities of life.
We know now that the steady cycle of days and nights, weeks and months, seasons and years, is maintained by the rotation of the earth on its axis and the orbit of the earth around the sun. God made it that way so that His universe would operate effectively. Although there were myriads of galaxies to choose from, the Lord chose to pour His love and grace down upon the inhabitants of the earth. “The earth is the Lord’s” (Ps. 24:1). The Lord so arranged the universe that the living things on earth might be maintained, and this includes men and women who too often forget God’s care.
The guarantee in Genesis 8:22 gives us hope and courage as we face an unknown future. Each time we go to bed for the night, or turn the calendar to a new month, we should be reminded that God is concerned about Planet Earth and its inhabitants. With the invention of the electric light and modern means of transportation and communication, our world has moved away from living by the cycles of nature established by God. We no longer go to bed at sundown and get up at sunrise; and if we don’t like the weather where we are, we can quickly travel to a different climate. But if God were to dim the sun, rearrange the seasons, or tilt the earth at a different angle, our lives would be in jeopardy.
God invites us to live a day at a time. Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11) and to be thankful for it. “As your days, so shall your strength be” (Deut. 33:25; see Matt. 6:25-34). When His disciples warned Jesus not to go to Bethany, He replied, “Are there not twelve hours in the day?” (John 11:9) He obeyed the Father’s schedule and lived a day at a time, trusting the Father to care for Him.
We’re prone to take for granted sunrise and sunset, the changing face of the moon and the changing seasons, but all of these functions are but evidences that God is on the throne and keeping His promises. All creation preaches a constant sermon, day after day, season after season that assures us of God’s loving care. We can trust His Word, for “there has not failed one word of all His good promise” (1 Kings 8:56).
Faithfulness To God
Noah and his family were the only believers on earth, yet they witnessed courageously for God and against the evil of their day. They were faithful to God when everything seemed to be against them. God still calls His people to stand alone if needs be, and He promises never to forsake us (Heb. 13:5-6). God will judge us not on the basis of our popularity but on our faithfulness to Him (1 Cor. 4:2). God needs courageous witnesses today.
Father, I thank You for the system of seedtime and harvest that You have set in place. You have given me an abundance of seeds to sow. I can sow favor seeds and reap a harvest. I can sow love seeds and reap a harvest. I can sow cash seeds and reap a harvest. I commit myself to recognize that I will reap what I sow. From now on I will recognize that I always have a seed of blessing that I can sow into another person’s life.
I pray this in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
While the earth remains, I can absolutely count on seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night. These fixed and certain laws remain in the earth. Therefore, I know beyond a shadow of doubt that I will reap what I have sown.
When I sow my seed, I can count on a harvest.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name, Amen.