I’m reaping the harvest God promised me, take back what the devil stole from me, and I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all
If your reading this, that means we’ve successfully made it to the year 2018! Just saying 2018 sounds so weird to me! 2017 was probably the fastest and simultaneously the longest year ever! (Am I the only one who feels that way?)
During 2017 I experienced some personal hardships. But putting my own personal qualms aside, I noticed a trend last year.. so many people especially people of faith were under attack! Whether it be their health, their finances, their emotional stability, family, so many people were experiencing loss all around.
During the past year I often asked myself, “Why do awful things happen to God’s people?” I found myself dropping into self pity… and even at time I found my faith faltering. But it always seems that when you are in the lowest of times that God sends a timely reminder that He is still God and that He is working on your behalf.
So like I said, I was wallowing in my “Woe is me” state, worrying about this that and the other. Literally it was like I was at that point of saying, “Whats the point of continuing on this faith journey while others who don’t even care about God or who aren’t honouring Him with their actions are prospering?”
When I’m upset, I start to clean. So one day a few weeks ago I was cleaning out a bin of odds and ends, and in the bin was a CD entitled “Hamilton Youth Choir Song List” . So naturally, I popped in because curiosity had me wanting to know what songs we were learning at the time. ( I was the choir director at the time)
I waited for the CD to load… track one popped up on the screen and the first song was a song by Hezekiah Walker called “ Faithful is Our God” . Tears sprang to my eyes as the chorus came in with the lyrics I started this post with: “I’m reaping the harvest God promised me, take back what the devil stole from me, and I’ll rejoice today for I shall recover it all…..
The devil TRIED to take a lot of things from me and those I care about this year. He tried to take my health ( literally gave me a diagnosis that was certainly life altering.) But I see that God allowed that to happen to show me some changes I needed to make in regards to my lifestyle choices. The enemy tried to take my joy and happiness. Through that, God had to remind me that He was the source of those things not man. Most detrimentally, satan tried to take my peace. Your peace of mind is what keeps you grounded and level headed. Once the enemy has a hold of that, it’s really hard to bounce back. Satan tried that’s for sure. But God, through it all sent simple reminders (Isaiah 43) (Isaiah 26:3) that He is the creator of your peace and it is in Him that you will find it.
Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful, because He is God. When you are going through your hard time remember you are not alone. It may seem like it, but you belong to Him and He always looks out for His people.
This year is the year to reap the harvest that God promised us. Forget the troubles of last year. It’s time to rejoice for what God is about do in our lives! It’s time to take back EVERYTHING the devil took from us . 2018, the year of the Harvest!
I can’t wait to journey with you this year!