“Say not, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)
Flipping through the gospel channels this morning, I heard a fiery preacher telling people that a Big Door of Opportunity was about to open up for them. My instant reaction was to agree with that. I want a big door to open for me just like you do. As soon as I had agreed with that statement, I believe the Lord allowed me to see the fallacy of that kind of thinking.
How many times have you heard statements like, “the harvest is coming” or “your breakthrough is just around the next corner” or “bring the harvest Lord”? And now we can add to that, “The Lord is going to open up a big door for you.” But what He helped me understand today is that the door has already been opened! The breakthrough occurred when Jesus destroyed the works of the devil, conquered death and Hell and sat down at the right hand of God. The harvest is rotting in the field while we pray for revival. Jesus is telling us to open our eyes and see!
Listen closely. This morning as my wife and I went for our daily walk, I held my walking stick out in front of me so the end was about 3 – 4 feet in front of me. As I walked, I kept trying to reach the end of the stick but it stayed just a little in front of me, never quite coming into my grasp. As long as you are believing something good is going to happen, be that a harvest, a breakthrough, an open door, etc but you never bring that expectation into the present, it will always remain just beyond your grasp.
The devil doesn’t care what you believe about tomorrow as long as it remains in the future. He only gets scared when you bring that promise, that expectation into the “now” and see it materialized and come to fruition. We’ve got to stop hoping for a brighter tomorrow and start believing for a better today. And that means acting accordingly. Act as though the door has been opened. Act as though the breakthrough has already been accomplished. Act as though the harvest field is truly ripe and ready to be picked. Yes, we will still have to go to work and gather the harvest, but we need to do that today and not always be putting it off to tomorrow.