Some Thoughts for Harvest (3)

Harvest Festival – Ruth 2; Psalm 144; Galatians 5:16-25; Luke 12:13-21

Looking beyond the harvest to the Lord of the harvest

Ruth meets Boaz. It seemed like a ‘chance’ meeting – ‘she happened to come…’ (Ruth 2:3). It was more than that. God was at work.
Ruth had committed herself to the Lord (Ruth 1:16-17). She was being guided by the Lord (Psalm 37:3-5; Proverbs 3:5-6).
Ruth was unassuming and grateful, hard-working and responsible (Ruth 2:10, 13, 7, 18). She is a fine example of the ‘good wife’, described in Proverbs 31:10-31. In Boaz, she found a good man – godly, generous and sensitive (Ruth 2:12, 14, 16).
We read about Ruth. We learn about Jesus Christ. When you come to Him, He says, ‘Do not go to glean in another field…’ – ‘There is salvation in no one else’ (Ruth2:8; Acts 4:12). In Him, there is amazing grace. He loves us. He looks upon us favourably. He takes notice of us. He died for us (Ruth 2:10; Romans 5:8). Let us follow Him (Ruth 1:16-17; John 6:67-69).

Praying that the Lord of the harvest will send His blessing

‘Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle’ (Psalm 144:1). The Lord is ‘the One who gives victory’ to His people (Psalm 144:10). What a great God we have! He is ‘our loving God, our Fortress, our Stronghold, our Deliverer, our Shield’ (Psalm 144:2).
What great blessing the Lord sends into our lives! He fights for us (Exodus 14:14; Deuteronomy 1:30; 3: 22; Nehemiah 4:20). He is ‘our Strength’ (Psalms 28:7-8; 59:17). ‘With God we shall gain the victory’ (Psalm 60:12).
Let us pray that God will pour out His blessing upon us: ‘Part Your heavens, O Lord, and come down… Reach down Your hand from on high…’ (Psalm 144:5, 7).
Let us think of how much the Lord has blessed us. Let us sing our song of praise to Him: ‘I will sing a new song to You, O God’ (Psalm 144:9).

The harvest of the Spirit – sent to us by the Lord of the harvest

What are we praying for when we ask God to fill us with His Spirit? We are praying ‘for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control’. This is ‘the fruit of the Spirit’(Galatians 5:22-23).
How are we to be filled with the Spirit? How does the fruit of the Spirit grow in our lives? We keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, saying in our hearts, ‘God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world’(Galatians 6:14).
‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace’. Looking to Him, let’s concentrate on the one thing that really matters – living as ‘a new creation’(Galatians 6:15).

The challenge set before us by the Lord of the harvest

Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord challenges us to look honestly at ourselves.
What is happening in our lives?
Have we settled for something less than God’s very best? – I’ll say to myself, You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry (Luke 12:19).
Jesus says to us, There is more to life than the physical harvest. There is the harvest of the Spirit.
Make sure that you are rich towards God (Luke 12:21).

The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.

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