Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Sowing & Reaping (Part 5, Conclusion)
S & R: A Grand Finale
Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
John 4:35 (NKJV)
'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.'
Amos 9:13 (NKJV)
If God is the ultimate Storyteller and the Bible is the ultimate Book, then the entertainment industry provides a perfect setting for His grand finale. But it's not just a story--it's the truth. And it's not just a setting, but a field. And this field is singing out for harvest.

On first reading, the scripture from Amos seems impossible. How can the plowman breaking the ground overtake the reaper? How can the treader of grapes overtake him who sows the seeds? It's supernatural. Exactly.

The Lord of the Harvest specializes in missions impossible, and how can He be other than supernatural? 'For with God nothing will be impossible' (Luke 1:37), and 'supernatural' means 'being above or beyond what is natural' (Random House Dictionary). God is above and beyond everything.

Barnes Notes on the Bible explains Amos 9:13 this way: 'So vast would be the soil to be cultivated, so beyond all the powers of the cultivator, and yet so rapid and unceasing the growth, that seed-time and harvest would be but one.'

In other words, the field is so large and the growth is so rapid that God's reapers cannot keep up.

It's an explosion of souls coming to Christ. This is God's Grand Finale. Could it be beginning now? Could actors, models, and talent for Christ be God's field workers and stars--both at the same time?

I say yes and amen.

'Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His Head a golden crown, and in His Hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, 'Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.' So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped' (Revelation 14:14-16).

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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