Saint Augustine of Hippo once made a profound observation about how God’s power works in our lives: “Without God, we cannot; without us, God will not.”
I love Augustine’s quote because it describes the divine-human partnership through which most miracles occur. Yes, God created the universe without any human participation, but most of His subsequent miracles happened when He added His “SUPER” to someone’s “NATURAL.”
In other words, nearly every miracle in the Bible happened when someone took a step of faith and obedience to give the Lord something to work with. I call it the Law of Seedtime and Harvest. We see this in the Biblical stories of Moses’ rod, Samson’s jawbone of a donkey, David’s slingshot and stones, and the loaves and fish donated by a young boy.
Put simply, God isn’t going to infuse things with supernatural power if you’ve never planted a seed and surrendered it to Him. Yes, He’s the God of the supernatural. But in order for Him to provide His super (the harvest), you must first give Him your natural (the seed).
I think about the fascinating story of Isaac, found in Genesis 26. He is just one of many Biblical examples of how obedience, faithfulness, and expectant seed sowing can result in an outpouring of God’s harvest blessings – even during times of famine and hardship.
A famine was in the land … Then the Lord appeared to him [Isaac] and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you …”
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous (Genesis 26:1-3, 12-13).
During a time of famine, God told Isaac not to go down to Egypt, where he would have had plenty of food and water for his household. Instead, he was to remain in the land God had promised to his father Abraham.
Don’t Look to Egypt!
I think you can imagine what it must have been like for Isaac to stay where there was a “famine in the land.” He faced the terrifying prospect of terrible thirst … starvation … extreme lack … dire need … and a barren, unfruitful wasteland.
Despite this desperate situation, God told Isaac to remain in the Promised Land. With a future that looked bleak, Isaac could have been tempted to doubt God’s love and provision.
But Isaac’s faith in God’s provision and faithfulness exploded within him, giving him the courage to obey the Lord and wait expectantly for His blessing. Even in the midst of the famine, he knew his source was God and God alone.
I’ve always wondered if Isaac’s faith was bolstered by what had happened when his father Abraham took him up on Mount Moriah as a sacrifice to the Lord when he was a boy (Genesis 22). Was he recalling the terrible moment when his father tied him to an altar in obedience to the divine command – only to have a ram provided by the Lord instead at the last moment?
While we may never really know what was going on in Isaac’s mind and heart when he reached this critical crossroads in his life, we know what he DID during this famine:
Isaac sowed seeds!
Remember that in a time of famine, seeds are very precious. They’re the only hope for a future harvest, so you surely don’t want to waste them. No one in their right mind plants seeds when there’s no water because seeds cannot grow without it.
I don’t know about you, but many people are tempted to hoard their seeds during times of insecurity and lack. But not Isaac! He chose to trust God and sow seeds in the Promised Land even amid a terrible drought all around him.
And what happened when Isaac took a bold step of faith to sow seeds in the middle of this terrible drought? God prospered him!
Look again at what this passage says. In the very first year, Isaac reaped “a hundredfold.” God didn’t just bless him a little bit for his faithful sowing, but we’re told that he “began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous” (v. 13). Wouldn’t YOU like to have a life like that?
But remember: This was no ordinary harvest. Normally seeds don’t grow in parched soil. However, because Isaac was operating in faith and obeying the Lord’s instructions, his natural seeds were supercharged with the blessing and favor of God!
A Lasting Principle
Sometimes people get the mistaken idea that the Law of Seedtime and Harvest is only a financial principle. But it’s so much more, as Paul assures us:
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:10-11 NASB).
Notice that our Heavenly Father is so intent on giving you an abundant harvest of His blessings that He even provides you with the seeds! But Paul doesn’t say God provides seeds to everyone – he says God supplies to those who are sowers. This means the best way to experience God’s favor and His blessings is to set your heart on sowing seeds into His Kingdom. If you do, He will first supply you with seeds, and then He will provide you with a harvest.
Remember, when you sow a seed into God’s Kingdom, it doesn’t leave your life. God takes the seed you’ve released from YOUR hand and then gives you wonderful harvests from HIS hand.
Jesus makes an incredible promise that mirrors this principle: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38 NIV).
What great news this is! Not only does the Lord promise that you will personally receive a harvest from what you give, but He also says it will overflow – blessing others as well.
The Law of Seedtime and Harvest is one of the best ways for you to experience a life of overflowing abundance – not just financially, but in everything you put your hands to.
Believe God’s Word is true for you, and sow your seed today.
Your friend and partner,
David Cerullo is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Inspiration Ministries, located in Indian Land, South Carolina – a ministry dedicated to impacting people for Christ worldwide through media. The son of international evangelist Morris Cerullo, David took a less traditional approach to ministry, graduating from Oral Roberts University with a degree in business administration and management. He has authored over 20 books, and operates a global media ministry that powerfully impacts the world for Christ. More from David on Inspiration.org.
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