Morning by Morning, February 18 - Maturity of Good and Evil in the Harvest at the End of the Age
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I watch and wait, leaning in to listen for the leading of Your Spirit in the communion of prayer. ...
"(Jesus) put before them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to them, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' The slaves said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he replied, 'No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat in to my barn' " (Matthew 13:24-30).
You said "the harvest is the end of the age" (v. 13:39). And You said "the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one" (v. 13:37-38). So as we approach the time of the harvest at the end of the age, we should not be surprised to see the wheat and the weeds growing up together, the followers of good and the followers of evil, growing up into full maturity.
In our world today we see the dark growing darker. But at the same time, we should also look to see where the light is growing lighter. So many of the prophecies of old are now being fulfilled in our day, before our eyes. "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn (Isaiah 60:1-5).
Though the battles are real and the casualties of war immense, though it may seem for a season as though evil is overcoming good, the time of harvest will come and victory will be won. "Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice... Violence shall be no more heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.... I am the Lord; in its time I will accomplish it quickly" (Isaiah 60:5-22).
So let us be vigilant, let us be prepared. It was "while everybody was asleep, an enemy came" (Matthew 13:25). So let us awaken and arise. Let us shine. " 'Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.' Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:14-15). "For once you were in darkness, now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8).
In the confidence of Christ alive in our hearts, let us "be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which (we) shine like stars in the world" (Philippians 2:15). Let us be in position and prepared to join in the great harvest at the end of this age growing closer each day (Matthew 13:38). "Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!" (Matthew 13:43) In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I pray you will arise and shine as light in the midst of the darkness, positioned and prepared for the great harvest to come. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!