When the Harvest Dries Up
“Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.”
When the harvest is fallen is when the harvest dries up. It is a sad day when the summer fruits have dried up and there is no more harvest. The fallen harvest is emphasized in Jeremiah 8:20 when Jeremiah said, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Could you imagine the day when a church no longer has one person walking the aisle for salvation? Can you imagine the day when the baptistry is a storage unit instead of a place where newborn believers follow the LORD in baptism? Can you imagine the day when the soul winner no longer sees one person getting saved? It is a sad day when the harvest dries up.
It was not long after I took the pastorate that we had one Sunday when nobody got baptized. I know, baptism doesn’t save a soul from Hell, but it is indicative of the harvest. The next morning when I went into the office, I walked over to the auditorium and fell on my knees and began to ask God not to allow the harvest to dry up in my church. That morning on my knees before God, several things I had to come to grips with about that one Sunday that I want to share with you so that you can keep the harvest from drying up in your church and life.
First, does it bother you when the harvest dries up? It should bother you when you don’t see people saved. It should bother you when people don’t follow the LORD in baptism. You will continue to see a dry harvest in your life if it doesn’t bother you when nobody gets saved or baptized. When a dry harvest bothers you is when you will be honest with yourself about whether you are the reason it dried up.
Second, you must ask yourself if it is you who caused the harvest to dry up. Is there sin in your life that is keeping you from a harvest of souls? Is the reason you haven’t seen a harvest of souls because you didn’t work hard enough? When the harvest dries up in your life, don’t look to blame others for the fallen harvest; instead, look to yourself and ask yourself if you are the reason it has dried up.
Third, you must ask yourself if you have worked hard enough when the harvest dries up. Most of the time, the reason people don’t have a harvest is because they simply didn’t work hard enough. God said that the harvest is plenteous, which means if I didn’t have a harvest I am the cause of the harvest drying up in my life. You will not see a weekly harvest of souls saved and baptized without diligence and hard work in the harvest.
Fourth, pray when the harvest dries up. God did command the believer to pray for more laborers for the harvest. I have found in my life when I see the harvest beginning to dry up that I need to pray more. Psalm 126:5-6 says, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Fifth, work more when the harvest dries up. The answer to the fallen harvest is more work in the harvest. The answer to you working more comes down to the first two points in this devotional and that is does it bother you or is it you who caused the fallen harvest. Working more in the harvest will not be an issue if it bothers you when there is no harvest.