He Does Not Thresh Forever

Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.  When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually?  Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil?  When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin?  Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field?  His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.  Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is a cartwheel rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick.  Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever.  Though he drives the wheels of his threshing cart over it, his horses do not grind it.  All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.

 Isaiah 28:23-29

 Yikes!  Sometimes the load seems heavier than usual, and it’s easy to think God allows hardships without reason. I know I’m not alone.  The above passage tells how a farmer handles different crops.  Growing up on a farm, I remember how my father harvested the grains.  Each crop was handled differently.  The corn was picked, the grain threshed and the hay baled.  It seemed the grains were handled as uniquely as the products made from them.

In the same way God deals with the individual characteristics of his children.  He knows we are fragile, he knows we are wounded and broken.  In perfect wisdom, he deals with us as carefully as a farmer harvests the crops on his farm.  He does not thresh forever!  Though trials may come, we can rest in the knowledge that He will never allow us to go through more than necessary to yield the fruits of righteousness in our lives.  Oh, consider the depths of love he has for each of us.




One Comment

  1. Sharryn Hasselbring says:

    Thank you, Candace.

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