THE FAITH OF A FARMER

 Pictured: Dion and Ian "Sambo" Sampson hard at work planting a wheat crop in the black soil of central Queensland.

Pictured: Dion and Ian "Sambo" Sampson hard at work planting a wheat crop in the black soil of central Queensland.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Within days of planting seeds in the rich black soil and dried debris of last season’s chick pea crop, the green shoots of wheat appear in their rows by the multitude. It is a miraculous sight and a picture that inspires me for life. Zero till farming is very common in these parts. The less you dig up the soil of last season means you retain the precious moisture in the ground that sustains the new crop in its infancy. Paddocks of dead stubble from previous crops may look unattractive but it all helps to produce a new harvest.

God is a farmer. He delights in planting a humble seed of faith in our hearts and watching it mature into a bountiful harvest in our lives. That is His plan for us. Not to give up in discouragement or harden our hearts to His ways… But to pursue His best at all times and believe He will help us achieve our dreams. After a few years of drought and setbacks it takes a mountain of faith for a farmer to once again plant a new crop and believe for a better outcome.. But without faith it would all become failure. Keep believing in your dreams and keep putting God to the test in faith. He is faithful.

It was such a great joy to spend a couple days at Glenora Downs south of Emerald a few weeks back. The Sampson family have farmed this land for decades and are a wonderful example of God’s steadfast faithfulness through good times and tough times…

Don’t ever give up on all God has called you to.

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinthians 9:10