What does the celebration of Harvest mean to you? As we look back into the past and into a very different time and culture the success or failure of the harvest was the difference between life and death. So traditionally the harvest festival is the time when we give thanks to God for his provision of food to see us through the year ahead. It’s a time for celebrating God’s goodness and thanksgiving for his provision of the harvest.
However, we now live in a very different society where food is in plentiful supply at whichever supermarket you choose to shop in. And the majority of us live in an urban area and not in rural communities. So, what does harvest mean for us today?
In His word, God chooses to reveal himself through the many different names ascribed to him. One such name is Jehovah-Jireh which means God our provider. This name of God reminds us that He is our provider and that everything that we have is a gift from Him. He has provided a way for our salvation through Jesus, he has provided us with our homes, food and every good thing that we enjoy. So at harvest time we celebrate and thank God for His good gift of food but we also thank Him for providing everything that we have and enjoy.
However, at Harvest we become painfully aware of the many who don’t have as much as we do. We remember the many around our world who are living in poverty. This year we are so aware of the needs that exist in South Asia following the flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal as well as the needs of Eastern Africa with many in Sudan, Somalia and now parts of Kenya and Ethiopia facing severe food shortages.
Our right response to Jehovah-Jireh at harvest time should be worship, our offering of praise and thanksgiving to God for his goodness to us. But it should also be to follow the pattern of generosity that God shows in providing for us. That we too should give generously to others. With this in mind, we are collecting financial gifts this year in support of Tearfund’s work providing much needed aid to those affected by the floods in South Asia. Please give as generously as you can with a thankful heart for all that Jehovah-Jireh has provided for you.
- Tim & Kate meathrel
Posted on Thursday, 5th October 2017