The hymn writer sings the song of the farmer. He looks out over the crop. Waiting for harvest, working the land, praying for the right conditions, and trusting the process. Does he own the process or is he guided by One who owns the outcome?
The hymn writer looks at God’s harvest and sympathizes with you. Have you prayed for your friend, your husband, your coworker? Perhaps you have wept over their salvation for years and nothing seems to be happening. Like the farmer who trusts he’s given it all he has, you think that you’ve done everything you can to win that soul to Christ. Holding onto the outcome in which you have no ownership is like the farmer thinking he owns God’s creation. The outcome is God’s. We are workers who plow, plant, water, and fertilize. But, God gives life to the harvest and nourishes that soul. If the one we are praying for yields and comes to Him, the spiritual harvest is complete.
We cannot own the outcome if we do not own the process. Trust God to work in the life of the one you are praying for and leave the results to Him. Then, we can sing with assurance: Little is much when God is in it.”
Pastor Matt Huff leads Portland Central Nazarene Church. He loves being in ministry and seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ.